The heart of the Gilroy Garlic Festival is the world-famous Gourmet Alley, where Pyro Chefs put on a show while they cook garlic calamari in huge iron skillets. Gilroy, California, is the site of the world-famous Gilroy Garlic Festival. It is also known as the Garlic Capital of the World. Held every year in July, it is one of the biggest food festivals in the US. It features delicacies such as garlic fries and garlic ice-cream. The Gilroy Garlic Festival has live music, fun rides and activities.