Gilroy Garlic Festival. I know it sounds strange, but when I was little I found a magazine article about this festival in California and have wanted to go ever since. I still have the article.
Gilroy garlic fries ~ Gilroy Garlic Festival California
Gilroy Garlic Festival, Gilroy, CA, July 29–31 Don't worry--definitely no vampires here. Take in the distinct aroma of fresh garlic in Gourmet Alley, where guests can taste extraordinary garlic-enhanced recipes from top chefs like garlic salmon, garlic almonds, and even garlic ice cream. Proceeds from this pungent (but delicious!) event go to over 160 local non-profit charities and organizations.
Gilroy is considered the Garlic Capitol of the World, for good reason. Look on the jar of fresh garlic in your ‘fridge and it probably came from Gilroy. It’s an old (by California standards) town, too, as evidenced by this stately 1905 downtown building, the old Town Hall still in full service but not as the town hall anymore. Now it houses at least one restaurant and other small businesses..