(Proceeds benefit non-profit organizations staffing the event)
The Delray Beach Garlic Fest continues to live up to its reputation for being the premier food and entertainment event in South Florida. The event is dedicated to exploring the numerous health and culinary possibilities of garlic. Countless recipes and unique dishes have been created by professional chefs in the Garlic Chef cooking competition and by our Gourmet Alley concessionaires including Garlic Ice Cream, Argentinean Garlic BBQ and Garlic Fest crab cakes. The Garlic Fest has been featured on the Food Network and in countless national newspapers and magazines. Now in its 17th year, the Delray Beach Garlic has become an institution in Palm Beach County and is affectionately named “The Best Stinkin’ Party in Town.
The Garlic Fest was founded by a group of local folks looking to establish a fund-raising source for local non-profit organizations serving education and arts organizations for youth. The event relies on volunteer organizations to staff the event. That non-profit organization, appropriately named Delray Beach Arts, Inc. has reached a milestone this year donating over $600,000 and proudly continues to grow its charitable donations each year.
You do! Each year, the Garlic Fest organizers reach out to the numerous Garlic Heads who attend the event annually with the question, “Who do you want to see at Garlic Fest?” We add your suggestions to our musical wish list and see who is available and within our budgetary constraints. Springsteen, Van Morrison and Jimmy Buffett are among the list but in the past have turned down what we thought were very generous offers. This past year, performances by Collective Soul & Dispatch showcased the diversity of music that graces the Delray BeachCenter for the Arts Stage (formally Old School Square). Some favorite past performers at Garlic Fest include Buddy Guy, Blues Traveler, Jonny Lang, Pepper, Donna the Buffalo, G Love and the Special Sauce, Sister Hazel and Alan Parsons Project to name just a few. We continue to strive for an eclectic mix of great music at Garlic Fest and relish the challenge each year to bring great national acts to Delray Beach!
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