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EatBeat: Garlic Fest Takes Over Olfactories This Weekend in Delray Beach

February 11th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Mr. Garlic and Junior Garlic with fans of the festival.

Buy stock in Altoids – it’s that time of year in Delray Beach when diners reach for mints. The annual Delray Beach Garlic Fest is this weekend, Feb. 10-12. Along with it comes tons of garlicky foods, chefs demos and contests, entertainment and kiddie fun.

Garlic throw-down

For the food lovers, it’s all about the Garlic Chef Stadium, where there are Iron Chef-like competitions leading up to the crowning of the Garlic Chef of the year.

Chef Gittleman

Reigning champion Chuck Gittleman, of Deck 84 in Delray Beach will be competing against one of these chefs:

  • Anna Marie Vocaturo, pastry assistant chef at Cafe L’Europe in Palm Beach
  • Chris Miracolo, chef of Max’s Harvest in Delray Beach
  • Todd Holender, chef of Latitudes at Sunset Key, Key West
  • Anthony “Radar” Risoli, chef of SoLita, Delray Beach.

Chefs will compete in a seed format, with the winner of each contest on Saturday advancing to the semi-final on Sunday; the finals are Sunday afternoon.

The chefs must make three dishes in one hour – a composed salad, appetizer and an entree – using the same mystery ingredient in each round, along with garlic, the star of the show. A panel of judges – I’m on one of the Sunday panels – tastes and scores the dishes.

The winner gets $1000 and the title of Garlic Chef, with the runner-up winning $500.

Chef stadium times are: 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday; and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. (semi-finals) and 3 p.m. (finals).

Other Garlic Fest activities

There’s food all around the festival, all with garlic overtones – bring cash. Beer abounds, but for those who want wine, there’s the Cloves and Vines wine garden. A kids’ activity playground with bounce houses and more is set up on the lawn at Old School Square.

Performances on the Garlic Stage include:


Jay Blues Band

  • 12:30 p.m. – Andy Childs
  • 2 p.m. – Jay Blues Band
  • 4 p.m. – Marshall Brothers Band
  • 6:30 p.m. – Outside the Box
  • 8 p.m. – G. Love and Special Sauce


Andy Childs

  • 12:30 p.m. – Andy Childs
  • 2 p.m. – “Never Stop Believin” (Journey tribute)
  • 4 p.m. – “Livin on a Prayer” (Bon Jovi tribute)
  • 6 p.m. – Turnstiles (Billy Joel tribute show)

Gates open at 11 a.m. daily; tickets are available online or at the gate.

Delray Beach Garlic Fest 2012

  • Where: Old School Square, East Atlantic Avenue at North Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach
  • When: Friday-Sunday, Feb. 10-12
  • Hours: Friday, 4-11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Tickets: $10; proceeds benefit community arts programs. Tickets include concerts – food is extra.
  • Information, including maps and parking info: 888-302-5448; dbgarlicfest.com

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  • 1 jerry // Feb 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    hi this is jerry vrom aberdeen… i have a tough request, if possible.
    i clicked on a u tube that featured a ARMENIAN RECIPE CALLED
    The chefs do not speak english.. i was jotting down waht thet were doing. Until their camera went crazy, and did not see what the sauce was that was in the pot. how can i find out what the sauce was that they were cooking to go over the casserole.
    Hope all is well. if you can find out thats great. if not your still the best.
    sincerely jerry. i read all your e mails . thanks again

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