South Florida Garlic Fest Is Ready To Kick Off In Lake Worth, With New VIP Lounge, Beer Pairing Dinner And More

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by Lyssa Goldberg Feb 09, 2017 01:55 PM

South Florida Garlic Fest is set to make its Lake Worth debut this weekend.

This year, the crowd-favorite food and music festival—taking place Feb. 10 to 12—will be hosted at John Prince Park, a much larger venue than Delray's Old School Square, allowing for new features and entertainment options at the event.

Festival organizers decided to relocate the event after the city of Delray Beach made a stink (pun intended) about Garlic Fest wanting to hold the festival during a month when other local events were booked.

In addition to live music, games, carnival rides, and plenty of garlicky bites, the 2017 festival will for the first time feature campgrounds for festivalgoers who want to stay overnight, a charity football pong tournament, a VIP lounge that acts as an exclusive seating area with its own wait staff, and a five-course beer pairing dinner with Lagunitas Brewing.

As usual, guests can look forward to tempting garlic-infused bites at Gourmet Alley ranging from garlic lobster mac and garlic tater tots to roasted garlic pizza and garlic waffle grilled cheese. Plus, there will be a wine garden, bourbon bar, full liquor bars, and more than 200 artisan vendors.

Foodies can also enjoy watching chefs from local restaurants including Max's Harvest, Benny's on the Beach, Suri Tapas Bar, and Prime Catch, as they compete in a showdown at Garlic Chef Stadium using mystery ingredients. 

Plus, Kongos, a South African-born alternative rock band of four brothers, and Michael Franti & Spearhead, a band that blends hip-hop, funk and reggae known for the hit "Say Hey (I Love You)," will be the festival's headlining musical acts.

Garlic Fest runs 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $10-$20 depending on the time and date of admission.

(Image via Garlic Fest)

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