Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Will Delray Beach's Garlic Festival organizers be looking for a new city to host their event?

This editorial in the Delray Newspaper is strongly in support of keeping the Garlic Festival in Delray Beach but it might not be enough to have it come back in the future. Jeff Perlman had a recent talk in Lake Worth and he briefly mentioned this situation. On Facebook and other social media this is creating some buzz in Lake Worth and will let you draw your own conclusions as to why.

Here are two excerpts:

     Delray Beach’s Garlic Festival is being pushed out of Delray Beach.
     The 18-year-old event, which has been featured on the Food Network, regularly draws large crowds and raises needed funds for local schools and non-profits has been told to pack its bags as a result of a decision by a newly formed Special Events Task Force Advisory Committee—and pressure from members of the City Commission.
     On Tuesday [today, June 21st], at 6 p.m. the event’s founder and longtime producer Delray Beach Arts Inc. will appeal the decision to City Commissioners. Citizens who like the Garlic Fest need to speak up now.

[and. . .]

     As for costs, certainly they need to be looked at but a cost structure that puts events out of business seems overly harsh and unnecessary. The city needs to consider the benefits of events as well as their costs. And there are benefits, arguing otherwise is plain wrong.
     It seems as if event producers have made a good faith effort to mitigate concerns and inconveniences. They should be thanked not chased out of town.