An annual three-day event, the Gilroy Garlic Festival is one of the best-known food festivals in the United States, drawing visitors from across the nation. The small city of Gilroy is located about 30 miles southeast of San Jose California. Gilroy is home to about 60,000 people, and the surrounding area is a major producer of garlic in the U.S.
The festival is Gilroy’s top fundraiser; it is staffed by volunteers and raises money for nonprofit groups, including clubs and schools. The festival is held annually on the last full weekend in July. (Due to Covid-19 there was no event this year.)
During the festival, the town goes crazy over garlic. Tourists can eat at the Garlic City Café, stay at the Garlic Farm motel, purchase garlic tchotchkes at the Garlic World and Garlic Shoppe gift emporiums, and even ride inside huge, spinning garlic bulbs at the Garlic Twirl amusement park. In short, people eat it up; In 2017, the Gilroy Garlic Festival was recognized by the Guinness Book as the best-attended garlic festival in the world.
Christopher Ranch, headquartered in Gilroy, is the top producer of garlic in both California and the US, producing 50% of the nation’s garlic.
Gilroy may be the self-proclaimed “garlic capital”, but as of May 2017, China was the top producer of garlic in the world, with a total of over 20 million tons. By comparison, India came in second with a “mere” 1.25 million tons. South Korea was third, producing .35 million tons that year.
Ham and cheese is one of those classic combinations that always goes well together. Naturally, we sandwiched these two together into a pie shell to make this amazing breakfast recipe for Ham and Cheese Quiche.
- 1 refrigerated pie crust (from a 14.1-ounce package)
- 2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
- 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1 1/2 cups diced cooked ham
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups half-and-half