On Sunday July 21, 2013, Caribbean nationals in the New York tri-state area will get their fill of the best in Jamaican jerk cuisine, Caribbean music and cultural expressions at the third annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival - New York slated for Roy WIlkins Park in Queens, NY.
The festival was launched at the Consulate General of Jamaica in Manhattan on
Tuesday (April 30), where organizers Jamaican Jerk Festival USA, Inc. and VP
Records unveiled plans for this year's event which will have old favorites, new
features and improvements to the amenities and security detail to enhance
patrons' experience and safety. Last year's spectacular affair drew over 10,000
satisfied patrons who sampled a number of mouthwatering jerk dishes including
Jerk rice, jerk burgers, jerk tofu, jerk lobster, jerk corn, steam fish and
festival that were prepared by over 20 participating vendors.
Building on the success of last year, Neil
Robertson, Live Events & Agent at VP Records disclosed that Platinum
selling reggae superstar Shaggy
will be joined by Fab 5 as performers on the main stage, while
actor and singer Leon
will serve as celebrity judge for the Grace Jerk Cook-off. Shaggy,
who was present at the launch said, he felt honored to be a part of the
festival and was looking forward to performing for fans on July 21.
Eddy Edwards, Chairman of Jamaican Jerk Festival USA, Inc., said he was delighted by the support New York has
given the festival for the last two years and was happy to work with VP Records
to produce the event. He also singled out the ongoing support of Grace Foods.
"We are very excited to have Grace Foods on board as
title sponsors for the festival and must commend them for their long-term
commitment to the event" Edwards noted. Everyone he said is working hard
to ensure that patrons have an enjoyable experience and promised that
"this year's festival will be the best yet."
Derrick Reckord, General Manager,
Grace Foods International reiterated his commitment and ongoing support for the
annual festival. "The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival in New York City is
great for the Grace brand and the Diaspora Community. Shaggy's
appearance this year should ensure that the event is a wonderful success"
Host of the evening's reception, Herman LaMont, Consul General of Jamaica to
New York, brought greetings to the media, sponsors and other special invited
guests on behalf of the Government of Jamaica. He emphasized the importance of
the different organizations working together for the benefit of the festival
and pledged his wholehearted support again this year.
Features of the festival include the Celebrity Jerk Cook-off, to be judged by
film star and singer Leon, culinary demonstrations by Chef Maisie Miller, a cultural stage featuring Braata Folk Singers as
well as a number of artistic and literary performances celebrating Jamaica's
folk traditions, and an expanded Kidz Zone. Activities will kick off at 1:00 pm
sharp and continue through the afternoon, culminating with performances on the
Advance tickets are $25 and currently available online at www.jerkfestivalny.com.
Kids 12 and under will be admitted free. Gates will open at 12:00 PM and the
fun and gastronomic experiences go until 8:00 pm.
The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival is presented in association with Digicel and
VP Records and sponsored by Western Union, the Jamaica Tourist Board, Vitamalt,
Tower Isle Frozen Foods, Marley Mellow Moods and Bigga Soda. Media sponsors are
Irie Jam Media, Amsterdam News and WBLS.
The Festival is produced by Jamaican Jerk Festival USA, Inc., and VP Records
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Shaggy and Fab 5 to Perform at Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival - New York on July 21
Writer : Caribbean E-Magazine on Friday, May 10, 2013 | 2:14 PM