14th Annual Delray Beach Garlic Fest

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Now in its 14th year, Delray Beach’s Garlic Fest is the signature food and entertainment event in the city. In addition to great food, music, artists and crafters, the Garlic Fest continues to be a successful fundraiser for local non-profit organizations raising over $390,000. The 3-day event will be held Friday through Sunday, February 8 – 10, 2013. Festival hours are Friday: 4pm-11pm, Saturday: 11am-11pm, Sunday: 11am-7pm. This unique event crosses all cultural boundaries and ages, providing something for everyone featuring; national act entertainment, a 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, cooking competitions and demonstrations and Garlic University. The Garlic Fest draws 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.

MAIN STAGE ENTERTAINMENT The covered/tented Main Stage area opens on Friday, February 8th, with opening night headliner “Lifehouse”! Lifehouse has always done well on radio, TV, and online, but just as impressive is their take-no-prisoners approach to touring. “We stayed out on the road for the last ten years,” Jason says. “Even through the hard times we played four to six shows a week. We refused to disappear. We really love being on the road,” Ricky says. “We enjoy playing live, feeling that energy. And when we have time off we have a good time doing whatever. We go to basketball and love to eat!”.

Clearly the bar has been set high, both qualitatively and commercially, and Lifehouse was well aware of the stakes when it entered the studio last year to make its sixth album which has just hit the charts, Almería.What transpired was a creative adventure that surprised the band but also resulted in perhaps its most daring and provocative release to date.

On Saturday, February 9th, 2013, “Pepper” hits the stage. Pepper, comprised of guitarist/vocalist Kaleo Wassman, bassist/ vocalist Bret Bollinger and drummer Yesod Williams, formed in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii in 1997. Having grown up surfing on the island, it’s not a wonder that they would mix their rock “shock and ah” flare, along with their mellow island rhythm roots to create their own truly diverse sound.

They have also been known to hypnotize fans of all walks of life with their incredibly sweet harmonies all the while keeping bodies moving on the dance floor. Pepper has sold over half a million records independently and founded their own record label, LAW Records – through which three other artists’ music is distributed. Their music has appeared in many movies (including Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Good Luck Chuck), television shows and video game soundtracks as well as having had a number of album tracks appear on Billboard’s “Alternative Songs” chart (including No Shame’s “No Control,” which peaked at 18, and “Give It Up” which peaked at 34). On Sunday, February 10th, 2013, we turn the stage over to tribute bands. First up is The Andy Childs Band, followed by Son of Man, Turnstiles-The Ultimate Tribute to the Music of Billy Joel and closing the event this year is The Long Run… Experience the Eagles!

GARLIC CHEF STADIUM

In the “House of Appliance’s Garlic Chef Stadium”, chefs will go head-to-head in our Annual Garlic Chef Competition. The competitions begin on Feb. 9th & 10th with chefs from some of the finest restaurants in town. Witness our local culinary worlds collide once again. Back to defend his title is 2012 title, is reigning “2011 & 2012 Garlic Chef” Exec Chef Chuck Gittleman, Delray Beach.

Other competitors this year include; Exec Chef Omar Montoya of The Office, Exec Chef Bruce Feingold of Da Da, Exec Chef Erick Miranda of Vic & Angelo’s and Exec Chef Blake Malatesta of 50 Ocean! In addition we have two cooking demonstrations scheduled featuring Christopher Ranch Corporate Chef Michael Giletto and Top Chef Texas Season 9 Finalist Lindsay Autry. This is how the competition works…. Each chef faces an opponent in a 1-1/2 hour competition. Each team receives an identical basket containing the mystery item selected for that competition as well as items to accompany the mystery item. The chefs do not know what the mystery ingredient will be until moments before the battle begins. I guarantee you the chefs will have to use copious amounts of one ingredient to produce their culinary masterpieces, but I’ll leave that up to your imagination. Come out and join us at the “Best Stinking Party in Town!

14th Annual Delray Beach Garlic Fest

February 8, 9 & 10, 2013 • Old School Square, Downtown Delray Beach 561-279-0907 • www.dbgarlicfest.com Admission: $10 Friday & Saturday until 6:00 pm • $15 Friday & Saturday after 6:00 pm $10 Sunday all day • (Proceeds benefit non-profit organizations staffing the event)