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Choose your own adventure and take some time to explore all the fun things to do in Gilroy, California! (Hint: You’ll probably need to book a hotel room—there’s way too much to do in just one day!)


Roasted garlic on a red and black plate

Homemade Roasted Garlic Olive Oil

Inspired by Kathryn Walker Airoldi, an Incredible Cook, Mother and Realtor Every home most likely has olive oil, but if you’re looking to level up and make your own homemade roasted garlic olive oil, you’ve come to the right place! Since Gilroy is the Garlic Capital of the World, we figured it's only necessary to share a kitchen-staple item! We use only the best, Christopher Garlic, for this recipe. If you love making homemade meals for the family, we promise this roasted garlic olive oil will be used on a regular basis. Whether you are planning on making roasted garlic ...
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Pepper steak sandwich with melted cheese on top

Gilroy Garlic Festival Inspired Pepper Steak Sandwiches

If you’ve ever been to the Gilroy Garlic Festival, you’ve most likely tried the Tri-Tip Pepper Steak Sandwiches! As Gilroy celebrates Garlic Month, we felt it was only appropriate that we feature this mouth-watering steak sandwich recipe. So if you’re looking for steak sandwich recipe ideas, we strongly encourage you to try this recipe out! It’s a go-to summer recipe that’s both easy to make and healthy! Plus it takes less than 20 minutes to cook, and who doesn’t love pulling out the grill on a summer afternoon?! Usually we cook these sandwiches with Tri-Tip. However the store had these ...
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Stuffed mushrooms on a blue plate

Garlic Stuffed Baby Bellas Recipe

This is a delicious, light and easy stuffed mushroom caps dinner recipe that you will want to make over and over again! The whole family will fall in love with this vegetarian stuffed mushroom recipe, even your picky eaters. The flavors and texture of these stuffed baby bellas are mouth-watering, with a unique addition to the stuffing  - pine nuts! Visit Gilroy is celebrating Garlic Month in honor of the Gilroy Garlic Festival this month from home, and this easy stuffed mushroom recipe will blow your mind!  Cooking Tips To get things started on this delicious stuffed mushroom recipe, we’ll ...
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Garlic Blackened Salmon Tacos on a plate with garlic green beans

Garlic Blackened Salmon Tacos with Garlic Green Beans

Cooking Tips, Preparation and Comments for Salmon Tacos! Finish this sentence: July is ____ month in Gilroy! We celebrate Garlic Month for the entire month of July here in Gilroy! Since we aren’t having a Garlic Festival for 2020, we’ve decided to share this delicious salmon taco recipe to celebrate on our own. The Gilroy Garlic Festival would have been celebrating its 42nd anniversary this year, so until 2021, we will be cooking some delicious garlic recipes at home!   *Photo above at the Garlic Festival was taken in 2018.  This blackened salmon tacos recipe will be enough food for 4-5 ...
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Mount Madonna Stables Horseback riding

Mount Madonna County Park

For the Lovers of Redwood Trees, Hiking, Horseback Riding and History Mount Madonna County Park is sought out for its beautiful hiking trails with a 14-mile trail system that is surrounded in lush green meadows, wild flowers, white reindeer and of course, Redwood and Eucalyptus trees. If you’re planning a bay area road trip, you have to check out these trails near Gilroy. One of the best ways to experience Mount Madonna is by horseback, and lucky for you, Mount Madonna Stables has a large variety of horses for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders to go on a trail ride ...
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Large redwoods at Mt. Madonna

Physical Distancing in Gilroy – An Outdoor Lovers Guide In and Around Gilroy, California

It’s true that Gilroy, California is home to the Garlic Festival and is the Garlic Capital of the World, but did you know how many outdoor activities Gilroy has? Gilroy is your physical distancing heaven with so many hidden gems to check out! Whether you live local, you're looking for the best bay area hiking trails or are looking for things to do outside in Gilroy, look no further! Find trails with waterfalls in Gilroy, hiking in Gilroy, beautiful walks in Gilroy, dog-friendly trails in Gilroy, hiking in the redwoods, wineries in Gilroy (who doesn’t love wine tasting before a ...
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Shrimp cooking on a pan

30 Minute Garlic Shrimp Recipe

Do you love garlic shrimp? Are you looking for an easy garlic shrimp recipe to make for your next family dinner? This delicious garlic shrimp recipe is quick, easy and a crowd pleaser for the whole family! Gilroy is the Garlic Capital of the world, home of the Gilroy Garlic Festival which originated in 1979 (2020 would have been the 42nd anniversary). One of the biggest fans I know of the Garlic Festival is my little brother, who also happens to love shrimp and experimenting with recipes. He got most of his recipe ideas from the Garlic Festival, his personal ...
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