Delray Beach Garlic Fest

The festival will take place through Sunday at Old School Square. (Georgia Handy Photography/Courtesy / February 7, 2013)

Bring a toothbrush and mouthwash. The 14th annual Delray Beach Garlic Fest kicks off Friday, stinking up Old School Square for three days of food, fun and music.

Until Sunday, you can sniff your way down Gourmet Alley and sample flaming garlic shrimp scampi, Garlic Fest crab cakes, garlic gator and garlic ice cream (really).

"We have 185 exhibitors selling sauces, spices and everything from cooking items to clothing," organizer Nancy Stewart-Franczak says. "We'll have a large children's area with rides and entertainment and, of course, the garlic-laced food."

This year's Garlic Fest, which has raised nearly $400,000 for charities over the years, benefits 11 local nonprofits serving education and the arts for youth, Stewart-Franczak says.


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Twelve musical acts will play the main stage, with rock band Lifehouse and reggae-rock outfit Pepper headlining Friday and Saturday. Billy Joel and Eagles tribute bands will play Sunday.

In a fun twist on the Food Network's "Iron Chef" timed cooking competition, executive chefs from Dada, the Office, Vic and Angelo's, and 50 Ocean will go head-to-head in Garlic Stadium.

"Just follow your nose to the best stinkin' party in town," Stewart-Franczak says.

Garlic Fest will take place 4-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday at 51 N. Swinton Ave., in Delray Beach. Tickets cost $10, $15 after 6 p.m., and $10 on Sunday. Call 561-279-0907 or go to DBGarlicFest.com.

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