Christopher Ranch, LJB Farms, ConAgra Foods, and LANE Enterprises are involved with the festival, said Kristen Carr, president of the 2009 Gilroy Garlic Festival.
While this year's garlic festival had three cooking events, including a recipe presentation, the most anticipated competition for this year's festival was the Garlic Showdown on July 26.
Four Northern California chefs, including Jamie Lauren, who was featured on cable television's "Top Chef," participated in an Iron Chef-like competition. The host was Fabio Vivani from Bravo television network's "Top Chef" series.
Carr said everyone was excited to see Fabio and try unique garlic recipes.