The 4th Annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival – New York Offers a Taste of the Caribbean in Queens’ Roy Wilkins Park
QUEENS, NY – Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York will be transformed into a mecca of Jamaican food, music and culture on Sunday, July 20, when the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival – New York makes its fourth staging this year. Patrons attending “New York’s Biggest Caribbean Food Festival” will be treated to a feast of tasty jerk cuisine, traditional folk performances and a contemporary concert designed to heighten their experience and continue the tradition of delivering exceptional entertainment, appealing to every member of the family.
It is like taking a trip to the Caribbean without ever leaving New York, as families roam the festival and enjoy its many features and eat exotic foods. One of the highlights includes the Celebrity Jerk Cook-off, where top chefs and celebrities compete as well as perform cooking demonstrations. There will also be a Caribbean Cultural Stage featuring traditional oral and folk performances, The Kids Zone (a family favorite for kids of all ages) including rides, storytellers and face painting and The Corporate Row offering samples and give-aways from event sponsors. A concert on the main stage will close the day, featuring performances from Maxi Priest, Etana, Mr. Vegas, Major D and comedian Chris “Johnny” Daley among others.
Building on the success of last year’s festival, which attracted some 16,000 satisfied patrons, co-producers Jamaican Jerk Festival U.S.A. Inc. & VP Records are committed to providing more food, fun and family activities at the event. Organizers have also made changes, utilizing a larger area of the park to accommodate the over 20,000 patrons expected to attend this year’s festival. The number of food vendors has been increased, offering a wide variety of delicious jerk cuisine as well as popular Caribbean dishes to tickle the palate of the curious and satisfy the less adventurous foodie.
Advance tickets for the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival are $30.00 and are available online and selected retail outlets. Kids 12 and under are admitted free. Gates will open at 12:00 pm and the fun will go on until 8:00 pm.
The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival New York is produced in association with Jamaican Jerk Festival U.S.A. Inc. and VP Records and sponsored by Western Union, the Jamaica Tourist Board, Vitamalt and Tower Isle Frozen Foods. Media sponsors are The Jamaica Gleaner, Irie Jam Media, Power106 FM, Street Hype and WBLS.