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MGO Newspaper » Domino Tournament to Honor Ruddy Schaaffe at Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival


Domino Players Vie for Top Prizes

SUNRISE, FL – The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival is almost here and organizers are working overtime to deliver big on Sunday, November 12, at Markham Park, Sunrise. Festivalgoers from all walks of life will enjoy a variety of mouthwatering jerk foods, entertaining cultural presentations, explosive performances, and the tournament domino lovers look forward to each year: Jerk Domino!

This year, the tournament will honor the life of Ruddy Schaaffe who passed away on May 17. He was the coordinator and director for the festival’s annual domino tournament.

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Ruddy Schaaffe who was the director of the annual domino tournament at the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival will be honored with a special presentation

“Ruddy was an avid domino player who worked tirelessly to elevate the game and bring worldwide recognition to domino as a sport,” says Abdul Muhsin, chairman of the board of JJFUSA, Inc. “His commitment and love for the sport was immeasurable and we will miss his ever-strong presence at the Jerk festival.”

Every year domino lovers vie for first place in the tournament, which gets off the ground at 12 noon. There’s a cash prize for 1st place to 8th place; but more importantly, players do it for the love of the game and bragging rights. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 11:45 a.m. Entry fee is $20.

Graig Zinn Automotive Group is the main sponsor of the Jerk Domino Ruddy Schaaffe Memorial Tournament, and the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival will make a donation to the Ruddy Schaaffe Memorial Fund. If you’d like to make a donation, go to https://give.miamifoundation.org/Ruddy. Organizers are encouraging everyone to come early and enjoy the domino tournament and everything else the festival has to offer!

Tickets are on sale now at www.jerkfestival.com or selected retail outlets in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach.

Information provided by: Riddims Marketing, Inc.


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Local 10 Todd Tongen to Defend Title at
Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival

Celebrity Chefs, Cooking Demos & Tastings

Sunrise, FL – Top chefs and celebrities will bring lots of heat to The Publix Culinary Pavilion at the sixteen annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival on Sunday, November 12 at Markham Park. Hosted by “Taste the Island’s” Chef Irie and Food Network’s two-time “Chopped” champion Chef Andre Fowles, activities will include cook-offs, culinary demos, and celebrity competitions by notables such as Chef Alain Lemaire, a contestant and runner-up on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen Season 8, and Chef Roderick Smith of Jacks Diner.

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Todd Tongen: Local10 News Anchor

Local10 Weekend News Anchor, Todd Tongen, will be defending his title against Jamaica’s Interim Director of Tourism Donnie Dawson in the Celebrity Quick Fire Challenge. This has developed into an intense rivalry with a lot of trash-talking by both contestants. Last year Tongen defeated Miss Jamaica World Ashlie Barrett to walk away with the trophy and bragging rights.
“We’ve enhanced this year’s Publix Culinary Pavilion with a dynamic lineup of chefs, coming together to add more excitement to our competitions and culinary demos,” shares June Minto, Managing Partner, and coordinator of the Publix Cook-off Pavilion.

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                                               Donnie Dawson: Jamaica’s Deputy Director of Tourism

The Publix Culinary Pavilion is just a fraction of the entire experience that festivalgoers can expect on November 12. The concert stage will feature live performances by Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley, King Yellowman & the Saggitarious Band, Ken Boothe, Leon Coldero & Code 868, and Code Red Band. There’s also the Party Pavilion, Kids Zone, the Western Union Cultural Stage and the Fuzion Sound Stage. Tickets can be purchased at JerkFestival.com or at local authorized ticket outlets throughout Dade and Broward County.

Chef IrieChef Irie – Co-host of the Publix Culinary Pavilion at the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival at
Markham Park on Sunday, November 12th.



The 16th Annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival is presented by Jamaican Jerk Festival USA, Inc. in association with Partners for Youth Foundation. Sponsors are Grace Foods, Publix Supermarkets, Western Union, Guinness, Sprint, The Jamaica Tourist Board, Greater Ft. Lauderdale Visitors & Conventions Bureau, WAVS 1170, National Weekly and South Florida Times.

Information provided by: Riddims Marketing, Inc.

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