In mid-April, Gilroy Garlic Festival organizers announced plans to cancel the popular annual event "indefinitely." Then the Noceti Group, organizers of the San Joaquin Asparagus Festival, announced intentions to try and revive [it].
Ken Christopher, grandson of Gilroy Garlic Festival founder Don Christopher, says no one on the board of the Gilroy Garlic Festival Association has heard of or affiliates with the Noceti Group. "If the Noceti Group is earnestly trying to have a garlic promotion in their hometown, god bless them. But claiming to bring back the Gilroy Garlic Festival, without comment or cooperation from our association, is malicious."
The broke boy doth protest.
The Noceti Group clarified: "When the historic Stockton Asparagus Festival announced its closing, our family saw an opportunity to keep this important community event alive and the San Joaquin Asparagus Festival was the end result. Our announcement about the Gilroy Garlic Festival closing was a similar announcement."
If Noceti wants to be petty: A Santa Clara Garlic Festival in Gilroy. Or a [neighbouring city] Morgan Hill Garlic Festival.
The smell inside the porta-potties at the San Joaquin Asparagus and Garlic Festival.
Asparagus dishes that have premiered at the San Joaquin Asparagus Festival include:
Deep Fried Asparagus
Asparagus Ice Cream
Pulled Pork Sandwich with Asparagus Slaw
Asparagus Chicken Bowl
Asparagus Philly Cheesesteak
Asparagus Corn Dogs
Asparagus Polish Corn Dogs
Asparagus Chili Cheese Fries
Asparagus and Cauliflower Bits with Cranberry and Chicken
Chicken, Steak and Vegan Asparagus Burritos
Jamaican Jerk Chicken Asparagus
Asparagus Tri Tip
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
Steamed Asparagus with Garlic Butter
Asparagus Fried Rice and LoMein
Mac and Cheese with Asparagus