Delray Beach Garlic Fest Is Moving To Lake Worth, Will Be Called South Florida Garlic Fest When It Returns In 2017
Delray Beach, it's time to bid farewell to our favorite (and only) garlic-themed festival.
The annual Garlic Festival has announced it will be relocating its stinkin' shenanigans to John Prince Park in Lake Worth next February.
The larger location, which features wide open spaces across a 726-acre park, will offer on-site parking, trolley service for parking, an on-site campground, seating areas and more. Last year's event drew about 28,000 attendees in total, so some felt the long-standing event had outgrown its space at Old School Square.
Festival founder Nancy Stewart said she looks forward to having a blank slate to design the site layout as organizers look ahead to the event's big 20th anniversary in 2019. For now, the 2017 festival—to be renamed the South Florida Garlic Fest—is set to take place Feb. 10-12.
In its 17 years in Delray Beach, the three-day event dedicated to exploring the culinary and healthy possibilities of garlic, has won international awards and brought national attention to the area.
In fact, Stewart, who also organizes Delray Beach Bacon & Bourbon Fest and the Delray Affair through her company Festival Management Group, first launched the garlic-centric event as part of a larger plan envisioned for downtown Delray.
"Events were the center of the plan to attract visitors to our downtown," she said. "Garlic Fest helped to put Delray on the map, and Delray became known for this homegrown event."
For the 2017 installment, Stewart sought to hold the festival in the month of February, despite a city rule allowing only one major event per month, according to the Palm Beach Post. (The nationally televised Delray Beach Open is also scheduled for February.)
Stewart ultimately moved forward with the new site selection for Garlic Fest before the City of Delray Beach Commission even put it to a vote, the outlet reported.
"We are full speed ahead after being in limbo for the past six months," she said. "The response has been overwhelming, and we are renewing our sponsors, signing up our exhibitors, have started the design of our site plan."
Next year's musical acts are still being booked, but garlic enthusiasts can stay tuned to the new sflgarlicfest.com for the launch of ticket sales and release of more info.
As usual, the music, food and art festival promises its staple activities, including live music, cooking competitions, artists and craft vendors, and endless garlic-infused eats. Just don't forget your breath mints.
(Image via Garlic Fest)