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Yan Can Cook Garlic and So Can You at Weekend Garlic Festival

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Martin Yan, best known for his PBS cooking show, will be at this weekend's National Garlic Festival in Fresno. (GV Wire Composite/Paul Marshall)
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Martin Yan is a TV cooking legend and he will be in Fresno this weekend.

With the future of Gilroy’s event in doubt, the National Garlic Festival — Friday through Sunday at the Fresno Fairgrounds — is the de facto preeminent gathering honoring the stinking rose.

The event, organized by Pete DeYoung, will include celebrity chefs, a carnival, a beer garden, and the crowning of the National Garlic Queen.

As an added incentive, the festival is offering free garlic ice cream.

Yan will be joined by American chef and reality TV personality Rocco DiSpirito. In addition, actor and TV presenter Mario Lopez of “Saved By the Bell” fame will appear.

Yan is best known for his PBS cooking show —  now 1,500 episodes strong — and has earned worldwide acclaim for his Chinese recipes.

Tickets are $10 for seniors, active military, and children; $15 for adults, and $50 for a VIP package.

David Taub has spent most of his career in journalism behind the scenes working as a TV assignment editor and radio producer. For more than a decade, he has worked in the Fresno market with such stops at KSEE-24, KMJ and Power Talk 96.7. Taub also worked the production and support side of some of TV sports biggest events including the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals and NASCAR to name a few. Taub graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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