Around the World, California, USA

[Garlic Everything in Gilroy – Gilroy, CA]

August 15, 2016

What is in Gilroy, California and why would I possibly be writing a post about this? I’m not sure how to explain why we chose to stop here but after reading this I’m sure you will want to make an inexplicable pit stop as well.

Gilroy is home to:

  • A massive Garlic festival,you may also recognize them from the recently released McDonald’s “Gilroy Garlic Fries”. It is considered the “Garlic Capital of the World”
  • Artichokes – a nearby town has the equivalent in artichoke famous-ness. Imagine combining those and you’ll be fine.

Here are the fool proof steps to getting the ultimate garlic laden experience in Gilroy…

Step #1: Stop by Garlic Shoppe

This is the original Garlic shoppe and stopping here first is mandatory because it will score you a giant discount to the winery next door. Yes, garlic wine. Here are a few photos from inside the shop where we sampled a ton of things and bought, even more garlic.

Yes, there were horses outside!

Yes, there were horses outside!

Welcome to the Garlic Shoppe...

Welcome to the Garlic Shoppe…

Lots of sacks

Lots of sacks

Step #2: Go to Rapazzini Winery

First came the garlic wine…surprisingly good. More of a garlic after taste than full-on garlic. Ben hated it, I loved it. Also, the wine here was better than most Napa wineries we’d visited so I recommend it even if you’re stopping for plain wine. Next came the Almond Champagne. I hadn’t had it before but the gimmick was worth it, it was wonderful and apparently unlike competitors, they used real almonds rather than flavoring.

Just a good ol garlic winery

Just a good ol garlic winery

I did not get cherries at that cherry stand. So many regrets.

I did not get cherries at that cherry stand. So many regrets.

Step #3: Go to Garlic World

Why would you go to a second store? Because you can explore the unbelievable variety of ways garlic can be packaged. They also had a massive produce section which you should take advantage of with so many farms growing fruit nearby.

Ben in the giant garlic.

Ben in the giant garlic.

Raw (garlic) bar

Raw (garlic) bar

A bit too garlicky for me, still attempted to eat a third of it.

A bit too garlicky for me, still attempted to eat a third of it.

The spoils of war.

The spoils of war.

We finally tried the garlic ice cream. Once again I was a fan, Ben was not:

PHOTOS

Step #4: Road side stands!

If you’re not already done eating then the best way to take something to go is stop by one of the roadside stands on your way to your final destination…

Hello roadside farmstand

Hello roadside farmstand

There were so many farms out here.

There were so many farms out here.

Lots of fresh fruit and garlic to choose from.

Lots of fresh fruit and garlic to choose from.

I of course bought cherries!

I of course bought cherries!

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