Gilroy Garlic Festival canceled indefinitely, marking an end to a California summer tradition
A giant garlic statue stands ready for the opening of the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California, on July 26, 2007. - LiPo Ching/Bay Area News Group/TNS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Gilroy Garlic Festival Association announced Thursday it will no longer be hosting its annual food festival that celebrates the locally grown crop, putting an end to the 42-year-old summer tradition. The organization cited "lingering uncertainties from the pandemic" as well as costly insurance premiums as reasons for canceling the festival in which people ate foods with the pungent taste and smell of garlic. Instead of the traditional event, the association will be hosting a series of smaller events this summer, including a local golf tournament and concert at Clos La ...