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Garlic Festival, Delray 2/8-10

kmills9408 Feb 1, 2008 10:07 AM

I am thinking about going. Has anyone been? Plan on going? Heard anything about?

The website is:

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    The Chowfather AKA sobe RE: kmills9408 Feb 1, 2008 10:40 AM

    Never been but saw this schedule online recently

    Garlic Chef Stadium Schedule: Saturday Feb. 9th 11:30am:
    Round 1 Garlic Chef Competition Caffe Luna Rosa, Delray Beach VS. Lola's on Harrison, Hollywood;

    2:30pm: Round 2 Garlic Chef Competition Boston's Upperdeck, Delray Beach VS. Le Bistro, Lighthouse Point;

    Sunday Feb. 10th 11:00am: Round 3 Garlic Chef Competition;

    3:00pm: Garlic Chef Competition Finals Garlic Chef '07 - Talula, Miami Beach vs. Semi-finalist.

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      aynrandgirl RE: kmills9408 Feb 1, 2008 08:59 PM

      I've been to the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Is this comparable?

      1. freakerdude RE: kmills9408 Feb 2, 2008 01:33 PM

        I have never been so I can't comment on the events in the past. I doubt I'll be partaking in the garlicy goodness, but I do plan on seeing Blues Traveler play Saturday night @ 8pm.

        The garlic chef competition looks pretty fierce.

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          pringle347 RE: kmills9408 Feb 4, 2008 01:25 PM

          I went a few years ago...very disappointing. The food was nothing special, and even the more interesting things (garlic ice cream) were just...not good. I love Delray, but lately their festivals of any kind have been a huge rip off. (At least the ones I have attended) If you go, and find different, I"d love to hear!

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            HotMelly RE: pringle347 Feb 4, 2008 01:43 PM

            Pringle....I could not have said it better.....Delray builds it up, and lets me down.I went to the Garlic festival a few years ago also...I was there maybe 1/2 hour and left.....The only festival that i like is the delray Affair.

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              pringle347 RE: HotMelly Feb 4, 2008 02:07 PM

              My kids and I went to one festival...they charged $2 PER kid, PER ride in the bounce house! I was floored. I haven't been to the Delray Affair in years!

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                The Chowfather AKA sobe RE: pringle347 Feb 5, 2008 05:19 AM

                Can you sample food from the participating chefs?

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                  gingersnap RE: The Chowfather AKA sobe Feb 5, 2008 07:32 AM

                  where does blues traveler play?

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                    freakerdude RE: gingersnap Feb 7, 2008 09:10 AM

                    At the DB Garlic Fest Saturday night 8pm after 'Wish You Were Here' - A Tribute to Pink Floyd. Admission is $20 after 5pm.

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                    pringle347 RE: The Chowfather AKA sobe Feb 6, 2008 11:13 AM

                    For a price...there's a link to the menu on the garlic festival's website, that includes all the prices...at an average price of $7.00 per plate, I'm not sure how much you'd be willing to "sample". A few places offer half orders for around $4.00 a plate, but not too many. Even non-garlic items such as hot dogs and lemonade are $3.00 apiece. It's not a cheap day by any means!


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              smartie RE: kmills9408 Feb 5, 2008 08:43 AM

              my step father went last year and said it was disappointing - he was charged to get into the Old School Sq, there were a few stalls and that was it. I find the Delray Farmers market just as disappointing. Delray Affair is probably the only one worth going to. For us locals all these festivals are darned annoying, the streets are clogged up, we can't park, the roads get closed off and we can't frequent our favourite places! Yes I know it's to bring tourists in but being a resident doesn't give us any benefits.

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                johnmlinn RE: smartie Feb 6, 2008 01:22 PM

                I may go to the first competition, just because Lola's is involved. If any chowhounds want to meet up and discuss the food offered, I'd be down.

              2. FTLToday RE: kmills9408 Feb 7, 2008 03:13 AM

                So I guess the verdict is pretty much to skip it huh? Lots of these food festivals are kind of a rip off. I went to the seafood festival in Pompano one year. Was a huge rip off to me. Pay a huge fee for parking....or park waaaay off site and take a shuttle (yuck)..then pay a high fee to just walk in. The seafood dishes weren't even discounted!

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                  kmills9408 RE: kmills9408 Feb 7, 2008 07:27 AM

                  ok, despite the negative reviews, my fiance and I have decided to go. We figure at the very least we will get to be outdoors and people watch a little. At the most, we might have some good food.

                  I will report back!

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