Locals call it the "Best Stinking Party in Town." If you're from out of town, you might just refer to it as the Delray Beach Garlic Fest.
And if you don't know by now, all you need to do is walk by the festival grounds over the course of the three-day event and you'll get a pretty good idea. You can smell the garlic in the air. Lots and lots of garlic.
The annual Delray Beach Garlic Fest is returning to Delray Beach from February 6 to 8. Now in its 16th year, the event has become the signature food and entertainment festival for the seaside city. Produced by a dedicated team of 500 volunteers, the festivities include live entertainment, local artists, and crafters, and -- of course -- plenty of garlic-infused cuisine.
This year, be sure to grab some of our top picks for garlic festival fare.
Garlic Corn on the Cob
Corn on the cob is quintessential fair and festival food. There are plenty of toppings to choose from, including all that guilt-trip-inducing stuff like butter, Parmesan cheese, and mayonnaise. Like it spicy? Add some sriracha, red pepper flakes, and a dash of lime or lemon juice. Then slather on the garlic.
Flaming Garlic Shrimp Scampi
Who can say no to this classic Italian dish, especially when it's infused with tons of extra garlic? Plump shrimp are tossed in a zesty lemon and garlic sauce, a dish that's sure to get the seafood lover coming back for seconds.
There are nachos. And there are garlic nachos. This vendor produces a foot-high pile of chips topped with all the fixings, including peppers, jalapeños, tomatoes, melty cheese, beans, and chicken. Oh, and plenty of chopped garlic.
Garlic Crab Cakes
A crowd favorite, every year the Garlic Fest offers a specialty crab cake made with tons of extra garlic for a flavorful kick. Pair yours with a cold beer to wash it all down.
Garlic Ice Cream
Who doesn't love ice cream? But garlic ice cream? Sure, bring it on. Your breath is already kicking by now anyway. After all, your taste trip to Garlic Fest wouldn't be complete without a scoop or two of the creamy treat. With a honey and vanilla base, it's a pleasing combination of sweet and savory.
The Garlic Fest takes place February 6, 7, and 8 at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts grounds in downtown Delray Beach. Festival hours are Friday 5 to 11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Admission on Friday, February 6, is $20 advance purchase ($30 at gate); $10 on Saturday, February 7 ($20 after 6 p.m.); and $10 all day Sunday. Entry is free for children age 10 and under. Visit dbgarlicfest.com, or call 561-279-0907.
Nicole Danna is a food blogger covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.