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Garlic Fest takes over the streets of Delray Beach

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For the past fifteen years, fans of everything garlic related have flocked to downtown Delray Beach to celebrate Garlic Fest. An internationally award winning event, this signature food and entertainment weekend showcases live music, artistic talent, and garlic-infused cuisine.

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The 3-day event began on Friday, Feb. 7 and concludes on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. This year, the festival is presented by Heineken, who joins as primary sponsor for the first time in 2014. The primary product supplier at the event is an old friend of the festival, Italian Rose, with their lineup of innovative garlic products. Specialty meat products are being offered for the first time this year by Jimmy P's Butcher Shop. Based out of Naples, fans have called Jimmy P’s the best butcher shop in America.

This unique event crosses all cultural boundaries and ages, providing something for everyone featuring; National Act Entertainment, Cloves & Vines Wine Garden, full liquor bars, the House of Appliances Garlic Chef Stadium, garlic-inspired gourmet food, over 180 unique vendors, children’s activities and rides, professional level cooking competitions and Home Depot Garlic University.

Garlic Fest was started by a group of locals as a means to raise funds for local nonprofit organizations dedicated to children’s arts and activities and it is still run by those local organizations today. This year it will surpass $500,000 in charitable contributions to the 16 organizations and the 500 community volunteers they represent.

Garlic Fest has drawn international media attention including a featured spot on the Food Networks “Unwrapped”. It has been featured in over 40 national magazines, two network appearances and countless hours of local media coverage. Locals call it the “Best Stinking Party in Town” and a walk past the festival grounds will send

your olfactory glands into hyper drive.

Festival goers can also witness local culinary worlds collide once again as the renewal theme continues at the world-renowned Garlic Chef Stadium with the introduction of our food waste and hunger awareness program, “Waste to Taste.” Nearly 72 billion pounds of food are wasted in the United States each year. “Waste to Taste” seeks to raise public awareness of the potential to utilize our food products wisely at home and to help eradicate hunger in the United States in our lifetimes.

Chefs go head-to-head in our Annual Garlic Chef Competition on Feb. 8th & 9th with chefs from some of the finest restaurants in Palm Beach, Broward and Dade County. Reigning Garlic Chef Champion, local Chef Bruce Feingold of Dada’s, is sharpening his knives and kitchen skills to repeat his amazing culinary performance of last year. You won’t want to miss this years competition – equipped with some new twists that are guarantee to challenge this year’s

competitors.

If haven't been to the “Best Stinking Party in Delray Beach” yet this year, there is still time. The festival is open until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9, and has something that everyone, save vampires, is bound to enjoy!

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