Organizers of the ninth annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, New York, have announced that the stage is set for the reboot rescheduled to Sunday, August 25th at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, NY. The event was postponed due to a city-wide heat emergency. Ticket holders need not worry, as their tickets will be honored on the new date.
This year’s festival has generated quite a “buzz” and organizers have worked assiduously to maintain just about all of the acts originally scheduled. Headliners Fay-Ann Lyons, Shenseea, Capelton, Bunji Garlin, and rising star Naomi Cowan are all confirmed to deliver a musical smorgasbord to excite and delight festival attendees.
The festival was featured on Fox5 TV’s Good Day New York on Friday July 19, with an appearance of Chef Ji Cha and Chef Troy Levy who showcased Jerk delicacies to hosts Rosanna Scotto and fill in host Dr. Oz. Jerk Festival CEO, Eddy Edwards provided an overview of the event and reggae songstress Naomi Cowan, who is still scheduled to perform in August, was also featured in the segment to talk about her performance, her single “Paradise Plum” and upcoming projects.
“We are currently negotiating to add another act to replace Chris Martin, who had a previous engagement,” stated Richard Lue, the Festival’s Coordinator. “Our aim is to deliver an entertainment package equal or better than what was originally presented, he added.
For almost a decade, the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, NY has focused on three key components; food, culture, and music, delivering a wholesome family experience at the highest level.
The Cultural presentations always go above and beyond to showcase authentic Jamaican artforms. For 2019, actor/comedian Blakka Ellis and cultural activist, Sharon Gordon will bring iconic folklorist Louise Bennett-Coverley, popularly known as “Miss Lou,” to life in celebration of the 100th anniversary of her birth.
Over in the Culinary Pavilion, foodies will be treated to tastings, demonstrations and competitions as various chefs share their knowledge, displaying the ‘Jerk’ flavor in unique ways. Host, Chef Irie will bring his humorous style to the table, supported by celebrity chefs Chef Ji Cha, Chef Troy Levy, Chef Darlene B., Chef Sam Davis, and Chef Cybille St Aude, all showcasing their culinary talents. The highly anticipated “Celebrity Cook-Off Challenge” between performer and Soca singer Fay-Ann Lyons and Donna of VH1’s Black Ink Crew is something patrons won’t want to miss.
New York’s top Caribbean restaurants and food vendors will be serving up a variety of Caribbean favorites, including vegan dishes to thousands of patrons, to satisfy the most discerning palate. The kids zone will keep the young ones busy with a variety of rides, face painting, interactive games and cultural activities.
Tickets are available online and at selected Caribbean ticket outlets for $39. Children 10 and under free with an adult. Visit www.jerkfestivalny.com for more information
About Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival (New York):
The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival NY has the unique distinction of being “New York’s Biggest Caribbean Food Festival” delivering an enjoyable experience of the highest quality to patrons as well as a rewarding experience to sponsors. Held annually in Roy Wilkins Park, Queens, New York, the third Sunday in July, the Festival appeals to all ethnicities and key demographics, particularly the vibrant Caribbean communities in the Metro New York market.
The 9th Annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival – New York will attract over 20,000 patrons on August 25; a mix of, foodies, reggae and soca music lovers, dance aficionados, and cultural enthusiasts in the most anticipated event of the year.