“The only constant in life is change”, is attributed to the Greek philosopher Heraclitus and his wise words best describe the Delray Beach Garlic Fest! From its’ inception in 1999, The Delray Beach Garlic Fest started out as a small event run by locals with the intention of raising funds for local nonprofit organizations focusing on arts and education for youth. The first year, four thousand people attended the event, two weeks after Hurricane Irene caused the first Garlic Fest to be postponed! Last year, over 40,000 Garlic Heads attended the event over three days! The Garlic Fest is truly a unique Delray Beach tradition. This year it will surpass $600,000 in charitable contributions raised for the 16 non-profit organizations and over 500 community volunteers they represent. The Delray Beach Garlic Fest is a gathering that renews itself each year and it enriches the fabric of Delray Beach life. Talk about change! The Delray Beach Garlic Fest prides itself on offering something new and eclectic each year, whether the broad range of national music acts or the diverse garlic based menu that we offer each year. Last year, alt reggae stars Rebelution and New Orleans legend Trombone Shorty played to packed houses on both days. How do we top those shows? On opening night this year, IRATION brings their Sunshine Reggae rhythms to the stage. IRATION’s music is deep-rooted reggae influence infused with elements of rock and pop to create smooth original sounds that keep listeners’ feet moving, hands swaying and hearts beating – “We’re all about luv”, states the band. Saturday night TAKING BACK SUNDAY will storm the stage with their pop punk sound. The band cut their teeth playing in bars and venues in Long Island before breaking nationally with the 2006 release of “Louder Now” featuring the hit “MakeDamnSure”. Along with great music, our garlic laced food keeps bringing fans back for seconds. Great dishes like Flaming Garlic Shrimp Scampi with Pesto Penne, Grilled Garlic Argentine BBQ and world famous GARLIC ICE CREAM are sure to delight garlic lovers everywhere. Last year, we used over 3,000 pounds of garlic to infuse the air above Delray Beach. You can follow your nose from I-95 east to the festival grounds! Our presenting sponsor, Heineken, brings the beer for us all to enjoy! Ben Franklin’s quote comes to mind, “Beer is God’s way of showing us He loves us!” Our heartfelt thanks to Heineken for supporting the 17th Annual Delray Beach Garlic Fest. A fixture at the Garlic Fest, but always with a changing cast of chef characters is Garlic Chef Stadium. The cooking competition pits local culinary talent against each other with mystery basket ingredients. Local hero, three time winner, Chef Bruce Feingold is the reigning Garlic Chef Champion and defends his title against Rebel House Chef Danielle Herring, Hudson Chef Paul Niedermann, Max’s Harvest Chef Eric Baker and Catering CC Chef Winston Williams. This year we have partnered with Delray Market Place as the sponsor of our children’s area. Young and old alike can enjoy amusement rides, Home Depot’s Garlic University, artist & crafters, great music, Garlic Chef Stadium and garlic laced food are just some of the reasons to come out and enjoy the 17th Annual Delray Beach Garlic Fest on January 29- 31, 2016.