|The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival NY hosted a successful media launch and ‘A Taste of Jerk’ promotions at the VP Records Retail Store in Jamaica, NY last weekend. Among those attending the launch were: L-R Eddy Edwards, CEO, Jamaican Jerk Festival USA Inc; Richard Elcock, Director Jamaican Jerk Festival USA Inc; Nathaniel Smith, Radisson JFK; Justin Hoshue, National Bakery; Patricia Chin, Founder VP Records and Richard Lue, Director, Business Development, VP Records.|
New Yorkers are getting ready for one of the city’s biggest Caribbean food and entertainment events, the 5th annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, presented by Jamaican Jerk Festival USA, Inc., in association with VP Records and sponsored by Grace Foods, Western Union, Continental Bakery, Vitamalt, Gleaner, Power 106, Randy’s Radio and Tower Isle Patties.
The festival will showcase an exciting assortment of jerk delights served by some of New York’s top Caribbean restaurants and chefs, popular cooking competitions and demonstrations as well as informative and entertaining cultural presentations. The children will have loads of fun too in the Kidz Zone and to top it off, popular reggae artistes will deliver high-energy performances on the main stage. The Jerk Cooking Pavilion is a Festival hot spot where top chefs and celebrities test their cooking chops in the Jerk Cook-off and Celebrity Quick Fire Challenge. Miss Universe Jamaica Kaci Fennell will be squaring off against some hot competition while Chef Eddie G and Chef Irie will demonstrate creative recipes and culinary techniques and also offer samples of their tasty creations to patrons.
Winners of these competitions get bragging rights, cash prizes and the coveted Dutch Pot Trophy for the Jerk Cook-off champion. But it’s not just about the food. Patrons will also get a healthy serving of history, culture and entertainment on the popular Western Union Cultural Stage. Attendees will be taken on a cultural trip with drama, music and dance.As usual, the event will end with a musical explosion on the Main Stage. An exciting lineup of reggae artistes including the smooth crooner Sanchez, the popular Fab 5 Band with a mix of classics and new hits, Romain Virgo with a selection of his many hits and Carlene Davis who will headline a gospel section which will also feature Kokodoo. King Jammys will play a special selection of dancehall classics and retro selections while comedian Major Hype will entertain with a bellyful of side-splitting jokes.
Advanced tickets are available on line at www.jerkfestivalNY.com or at selected retail outlets in the tri-state area.