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“Still Stinkin’ After All These Years!” The “Best Stinkin’ Party in South Florida” returns to celebrate 22 years of garlicky goodness! Join us as this Internationally Award-Winning Event continues the tradition of being “The” signature food and entertainment event in South Florida.

Eat, drink & STINK with us at John Prince Park in the funkiest little city of South Florida, Lake Worth Beach! It all started out as a small festival in a city parking lot in Downtown Delray Beach just as this Village by the Sea was becoming the vibrant tourist destination it is today. Within five years the event gained attendance of 30,000+ and was booking major national music acts! Around that time, The Garlic Fest was nicknamed “The Best Stinkin’ Party in South Florida”.

Garlic Fest is a community celebration of food, music, and art and in 2020 Garlic Fest brought international attention to Lake Worth on Jeopardy’s Game Show in March as a featured question!  “The Isle of Wight & Lake Worth Florida both have annual festivals honoring this pungent bulb & its endless potential”.

New features in 2020 included: implementation of “Sensory Friendly Zone” which provided a unique, immersive experience to individuals impacted by special needs that are often inaccessible;  “Safety Alert Text System” provided new ways to communicate any potential threats with our patrons, vendors & staff with ability to send out special offers, exclusive specials to attendees; Free Admission to PB Co. First Responders and spouses; social media “Battle of the Bands Contest” that provided fans to vote and select six (6) local bands to perform and open for headlining national acts; “VIP Party Shack Lounge” with elevated main stage Viewing Decks and Luxury Restrooms; expanded our “Artists Row”.

In addition to great food, Garlic Fest showcases a diverse and eclectic selection of national musical acts including Expendables, The Wailers, G Love & Special Sauce, Buddy Guy, Stephen Marley, Michael Franti, Dispatch, Rebelution, Steel Pulse, The Mighty Mighty BosstoneS, Dark Star Orchestra, Collective Soul, Sister Hazel and Trombone Shorty to name just a few. Stay tuned for who we bring to the stage this year!

Delray Beach Arts is a nonprofit community-based organization that produces five events in Palm Beach County. Founded by a group of local folks looking to establish a fund-raising source for local non-profit organizations and to support art & educational programs for Palm Beach County local businesses.  Started in 1998, the South Florida Garlic Fest is a key signature cultural event in south Florida, as well as a successful fundraiser. The South Florida Garlic Fest is a gathering that excites the communal spirit and it enriches the fabric of Palm Beach County life.

With the community’s support, Delray Beach Arts, Inc. has distributed $630,000 to nonprofit and volunteer organizations to date.

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