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Gilroy Garlic Festival back on? Future uncertain after Noceti groups offers to host event | Update

San Joaquin Asparagus Festival organizers announced Sunday that they would host the garlic festival.

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, Calif. — The future appears to be uncertain for the Gilroy Garlic Festival just a day after the organizers of the San Joaquin Asparagus Festival posted on social media that they would be hosting it this year.

The Gilroy Garlic Festival organizers said in a social media post they have not been contacted about a potential revival of the festival.

"Stockton is not the successor of our community's homecoming event to support our essential non-profits here in Gilroy, the Garlic Capital of the World," the Gilroy Garlic Festival wrote in a social media post.

The Gilroy Garlic Festival board wrote they are "happy to see the enthusiasm" from the Noceti Group, but asks that they communicate directly with the Gilroy Garlic Festival Association about any ideas.

Organizers of the San Joaquin Asparagus Festival wrote in a new social media post that the Noceti Group is focused on the 2022 San Joaquin Asparagus Festival, but will have future announcements about the garlic festival.

"We are exploring all options and opportunities to keep these types of community events alive whenever possible," the San Joaquin Asparagus Festival wrote in a social media post.

The Noceti Group, which also hosts the San Joaquin Asparagus Festival, announced on social media Sunday that they couldn't let the festival be canceled.

"We heard the extremely sad news that the Gilroy Garlic Festival will not be holding their annual big Garlic festival. We just couldn’t let that happen," the San Joaquin Asparagus Festival wrote on social media.

The Gilroy Garlic Festival Association previously said the city was requiring that the festival have more insurance than the minimum general liability coverage of $1 million.

“Due to lingering uncertainties from the pandemic, along with the prohibitive insurance requirements by the City of Gilroy, the Gilroy Garlic Festival Board has decided not to move ahead with a traditional festival for 2022 — and perhaps the foreseeable future,” the festival association said in a social media post on April 22.

Not much information was immediately available from the Noceti Group about the location and dates, but according to the social media post, more information will be announced soon.

We heard the extremely sad news that the Gilroy Garlic Festival will not be holding their annual big Garlic festival. We...

Posted by San Joaquin Asparagus Festival on Sunday, May 1, 2022

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