Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Garlic Capital of the WorldGilroy, Garlic, and the Making of a Festive Foodscape$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Pauline Adema

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604731200

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604731200.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM Mississippi SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.mississippi.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University Press of Mississippi, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MSSO for personal use.date: 07 April 2020

Garlic Galore

Garlic Galore

Festival Inversion, Subversion, and the Enactment of Labor Relations

Chapter:
(p.60) Chapter Four Garlic Galore
Source:
Garlic Capital of the World
Author(s):

Pauline Adema

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604731200.003.0004

This chapter analyzes major events at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, which include the Gilroy Garlic Queen Pageant, garlic braiding classes, and the garlic topping contest. It argues that as place-based food festival royalty, the Garlic Queen personifies the locality’s food–place association. She and her court symbolize Gilroy and its garlic, further strengthening garlic’s role as the vehicle by which citizens of Gilroy affirm community values. The garlic braiding classes enact the classic festival inversion: what is in reality work is situated as play, and those who normally enjoy the fruits of others’ labors do the labor themselves. The garlic topping contest is a microcosm of the labor, power, and race relations of garlic production in Santa Clara County, and of worker–consumer relations in general.

Keywords:   Gilroy Garlic Festival, community festivals, food festivals, garlic topping, garlic braiding

University Press of Mississippi requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.