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SJSU Clinches Garlic Bowl Berth

SJSU Clinches Garlic Bowl Berth

SJSU will take on Fresno State and the University of California, Berkeley. The winner scores bragging rights plus a $5,000 school scholarship (Spartan Shops image).

You cheered on the Spartans at the Military Bowl. Now comes the Garlic Bowl!

That’s right! Plan now to support your school at this culinary competition 2 p.m. July 26, opening day for the world-famous Gilroy Garlic Festival.

“We are delighted to create such a formidable match up in the first year of what we anticipate will become a summer tradition,” said festival President Dennis Harrigan.

SJSU will take on Fresno State and the University of California, Berkeley. The winner scores bragging rights plus a $5,000 scholarship.

Dining Commons Head Chef Michele Rogers will lead the Spartans, assisted by a sous chef with at least one kitchen battle under his or her belt.

That’s because the honor will go to the Spartan Shops employee (could be a student!) who wins a May 29 campus cook off (featuring garlic of course!).

“This is not your father’s ‘one-on-one’ battle,” Harrigan said. “This will be a jamboree, where three historic rivals will battle simultaneously on the same field of play.”

Working side-by-side inside the festival’s kitchen theater, each team will have one hour to prepare two dishes, each featuring a whooping six cloves of garlic!

Expect crowds. Over 100,000 people typically attend this three-day festival, noshing on all sorts of garlic-laden goodies, from ice cream to calamari.

Receive up to 20 percent off with promo code goSJSU. Online ticket sales begin June 1. The festival runs July 26-28.

Get the latest on the 2013 Garlic Festival.