GILROY (CBS SF) – This summer, the Gilroy Garlic Festival will be bringing in some major culinary star power to their line-up. On Thursday, festival organizers announced celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis will make an appearance on Sunday, July 30th.

The Emmy-award-winning televisoin personality will take on emcee duties for the popular “Garlic Showdown,” where chefs battle in an Iron Chef style competition to win ultimate bragging rights and a $3,000 prize. The Food Network star of Everyday Italian will then put together one of her signature garlic-laced recipes at the Garlic Cook-Off Stage. Followed by a Q&A session with festival attendees to conclude her appearance.

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“This year’s Gilroy Garlic Festival is bigger, better and bolder than ever before,” says festival President Mike Zukowski. “…and we are thrilled to welcome a major star like Giada to the Garlic Cook-Off Stage!”

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The 39th Annual Gilroy Garlic Festival will be held July 28th through the 30th, 2017 at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy.

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