2004 Great Garlic Cook-Off televised on Food Network today, Friday and Sunday

Gilroy
– The Food Network (Charter channel 43) will be rebroadcasting
the 2004 Gilroy Garlic Festival Cook-off tonight at 9pm, then again
at 1pm Friday and 3pm Sunday.
Gilroy – The Food Network (Charter channel 43) will be rebroadcasting the 2004 Gilroy Garlic Festival Cook-off tonight at 9pm, then again at 1pm Friday and 3pm Sunday.

More than 100,000 garlic fans strolled through the festival grounds, trying everything from garlic bread to garlic fries to garlic ice cream. There’s even a Mr. Garlic. But one of the highlights of the annual festival is the cook-off. At this competition, the stinking rose is a sweet smell people just can’t get enough of.

Meanwhile, the festival is now accepting recipes for the 2005 Great Garlic Cook-Off contest. Recipes must be original and specify at least six cloves of fresh garlic, or the equivalent packaged form of three teaspoons minced or chopped. It must serve six and take less than two hours to prepare.

Every year, recipes are received from around the U.S. and Canada. From the hundreds of entries, eight finalists will be selected to prepare their dishes for a panel of five celebrity judges at this year’s festival, which runs from July 29 to 31.

The winner will receive $1,000 and an honorary crown of garlic.

There’s a $750 award to the runner-up, $500 for third place and $100 to each of the remaining five finalists.

Last year’s top recipe was garlic seafood soup, by Ginger Moreno of Palos Verdes.

Other recent winners include grilled candied-garlic salmon on crispy rice noodles and baby Asian greens and garlic-scented seafood cakes with citrus salsa and chipotle aoli.

Recipes for this year’s contest can be submitted via e-mail to [email protected] or mailed to Gilroy Garlic Festival Association, Attn: Recipe Contest, P.O. Box 2311, Gilroy, CA 95021.

Entries must be postmarked no later than May 1, 2005.

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