Delray Affair Weekend - BBQ, Conch, Traffic Abundant!
Attention South Florida Chowhounders,
It's Delray Affair Weekend - that means a few things, some bad, some good...
* Atlantic Ave is CLOSED and filled with arts, novelties, and food vendors basically from Swinton to the Intracoastal. These booths are open from (more or less) 9 to 6. After 6PM they shut down. This results in an odd effect. In the day, local restaurants are PACKED but at night, there is no access so many are nearly dead - only a few vendors in town and locals who know where to park on nearby sidestreets. Your chance to stroll into Lemongrass for immediate seating! If you have reservations or plans in town, allow extra time for parking blocks away.
* Several of the nearby churches set up Conch Fritter stands on the Ave - and some of them a VERY good. Be sure to check out the side-streets as some of them are there (NE 4th for example).
* There are also usually appx 5 different local BBQ vendors - again, some are very good.
Now I feel almost obligated to take a "food tour" today and report my findings to the group! Maybe some other Chowhounders will volunteer to assist in this charitable mission as well...
I believe it ends 6PM Sunday. This is the biggest event of the year in town - and oh yes, unlike Garlic Festival and other "pay so you can come in and spend money" events, this is FREE. It is most crowded Saturday and Sunday afternoons from appx 1 to 5. Bring sunblock if you're going to be walking around for a few hours - I often see fair-skinned folks forget that and they pay the price.
Yes, It closes at 6:00 pm....This is the only festival worth going to in Delray.. I am going to skip it this year, I have never missed one in probably the last 20 years. It is fun, but always the same vendors, I always wondered how many times that guy with the wood hanging baskets that fold up has done that in his lifetime. Lot's of good food also. My favorite is the candy guy on one of the side streets. I have never been impressed by the conch fritters. It is expensive and tastes like hush puppies, very little meat. On your way home stop and try Phyllis G's Egnima on Federal.Very good food.
OK it's that time of year again. Post your reviews of BBQ and Conch fritters here! I'll see if I can make an initial report at lunch today.
One change this year: The festival is open until 8PM on Fri/Sat instead of 6PM. This makes a lot of sense to me, I NEVER understood why (with plenty of daylight) they shut it down early. (Especially because an odd "side effect" is that once it closes, the Ave actually become very quiet since most people can't park etc).
In any event, I'll be looking for the BBQ smokers and the "church trucks" with the fritters.
I went today with my cousin-
very crowded-the items for sale were not top quality but we had a good time=
we ate at lemongrass=decent not great food
i bought some spices at world of flavors booth-