The 16th annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival takes place at Markham Park in Sunrise on November 12, organizers announced this week.
This is the third staging this year in the popular series which mixes jerked food with music from the Caribbean. Previous shows took place in New York and Washington DC.
Raising the bar this year
According to organizers, the Florida leg is “presented in association with Publix (supermarket) and is raising the bar this year with an expanded line-up of international headliners, dozens of food vendors and a premium experience.
Headlining the main stage are Grammy winners Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley, Yellowman and the Sagittarius Band, Ken Boothe, Leon Coldero and Code 868, Septimus and Code Red Band.
“Jamaican culture is international and infectious and we want to share it with as many people as possible by attracting all ethnicities and demographics,” said Eddy Edwards, CEO of the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival.
“This year’s festival is an opportunity to create a bigger experience that appeals to a broader audience of
South Floridians who can appreciate the culture, music, cuisine and the Caribbean energy.”
Grace Village returns
The popular Grace Village returns. It offers culinary demonstrations, product sampling and interactive activities with prizes and giveaways.
Publix Cook-off Pavilion
Another staple of the day-long event is the Publix Cook-off Pavilion with Taste the Island’s Chef Irie and the Food Network’s two-time “Chopped” champion Chef Andre Fowles.
The 2017 Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival runs from 10 am to 10 pm. At 4 pm, the main stage opens.
Tickets are $30 (general admission); $140 for VIP. They can be purchased at JerkFestival.com or at authorized ticket outlets throughout Dade and Broward County.
Click this link to see what took place at the recent Jerk Festival in New York that took place Sunday, July 23rd at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York: https://www.caribbeannationalweekly.com/cuisine/ny-mayor-lisa-hanna-compete-jerk-festival-celebrity-challenge/