GILROY, Calif. - It's the end of an odorous era as the Gilroy Garlic Festival will be canceled, festival organizers said.
Instead, the Garlic Festival Association plans to hold a series of smaller, more intimate events to replace the huge festival, according to the Gilroy Dispatch.
Those changes go into effect this year without allowing for a major fragrant finale in the South Bay.
The pandemic and the skyrocketing insurance premiums were the driving reasons to cancel the event, organizers said.
The famous Gilroy Garlic Festival is a 42-year-old tradition that celebrates the locally grown and world-renowned garlic crops.