PRESS RELEASE / June 12, 2020 (Boston, MA) – The Boston JerkFest™ has been successfully produced for 7 consecutive years. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic halting all in-person festivals, we have decided to go virtual this year and introduce Jerk Fridays™ on June 19 and 26, 2020 and Boston Jerkfest LIVE!™ the weekend of July 10-12, 2020. This year’s Boston JerkFest will feature classic reggae band, THIRD WORLD BAND, Jamaica’s “Reggae Ambassadors”–known for “96° in the Shade.” and “Try Jah Love.” Cat Coore and other band members will be joining us in an intimate performance and Q&A. THIRD WORLD is a Jamaican reggae fusion band formed in 1973. Their sound is influenced by soul, funk and disco. “Cat” Coore and Richard Daley have been constant members. Boston JerkFest LIVE will be the first ever virtual Jerk festival in the country.

The festival offers 3 days of fun kicking off with the Rum, Wine & Brew Tasting on Friday night, July 10, 2020 from 6:00- 9:00 PM  with our Cocktail Throwdown, bartenders sharing cocktail demos, chef demos, live performances and DJ’s. Patrons can order jerk food dishes for take-out or delivery from their favorite Caribbean restaurant. while imbibing in the online fun. This free admission Caribbean Foodie virtual festival will give the audience an opportunity to celebrate all things spicy and hot in the comfort of their homes. This virtual event will feature local Jamaican jerk spiced food, live music and cultural performances for the whole family! The festival is free, but donations are welcome to cover expenses related to technology, artists, staff and promotions. There is a fee for cooking classes with Jerk Cooking Classes with Master Chefs. We look forward to you joining us on this exciting journey.

Overview of the Schedule

  • As a prelude and warm up to the festival we’ll introduce Jerk Fridays on 6/19 and 6/26 for fans to get a taste of what to expect from Boston JerkFest LIVE.

  • The festival offers 3 days of fun kicking off with the Rum, Wine & Brew Tasting on Friday night, 7/10, 6:00-9:00 PM featuring our Cocktail Throwdown, bartenders sharing cocktail demos, chef demos, live performances and DJ’s. Patrons can order jerk food dishes for take-out or delivery from their favorite Caribbean restaurant. while imbibing in the online fun.

  • On Saturday, 7/11, 4:00PM- 8:00 PM, the Jerk Food Festival will run from and we’ll be partnering with the best local Caribbean restaurants to deliver authentic jerk dishes to the audience’s doorstep. Patrons can choose to pick up or deliver their jerk foods. The programming will include Chef Demos, cooking classes, Jerk Cook-off, Seafood Throwdown, DJ’s, steel pan performances, and local and international artists to add excitement and value to Boston Jerkfest LIVE.

  • On Sunday, July 12,  from 2:00PM – 5:00PM, we will round up the festival with a family day of Kids and Culture filled with fun and interactive activities for the whole family, including face painting demos, a steel pan jam session, & more

Key links:

Registration page:  https://bostonjerkfestival.eventbrite.com

Website: http://bostonjerkfest.com; http://bostonjerkfest.com/jerk-fridays/

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/bostonjerkfest/

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