Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival Serves Up Tasty Jerk & Flavorful Entertainment

The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival has delivered yet another smashing, fun-filled family event — treating some 16,328 patrons to an assortment of spicy jerk foods, authentic culture and riveting entertainment at Markham Park in Sunrise on Sunday, November 10, 2013. Everything, from the Jerk Cook-off events to the Main Stage entertainment, gave patrons a feast for the eyes, ears and palate.
 
A true crowd-pleaser, the Jerk Cook-off was fierce this year!  Chef Jimmie Jackson came back with a vengeance, snatching the title from last year’s winner chef Lawrence Males and walking away with the coveted Dutch Pot Trophy and the top cash prize. Coming in third place was Lela Morgan.

Chef Brian Lumley, 2012 Jamaican Chef of the Year, emerged the winner of the Publix Celebrity Chef Quick Fire Competition after duking it out on the grill with last year’s winner and two-time James Beard scholar, Chef Gason Nelson.
 
The verdict is in and “superjudge” Ian Richards won the culinary case in the Local Celebrity Quick Fire Challenge against attorney Dahlia Walker.
 
Also in the winners circle are the avid Domino players who bravely showed their mettle in the Graig Zinn Automotive Group Jerk Dominoes Tournament to win three top spots and cash prizes. Taking the top spot was Vincent Elliot, a.k.a. GG, with Michael Wint, a.k.a. Haitian, coming in a close second. Third place went to Rafael Barclay.
 
Fiery Entertainment from the Fuzion Sound Stage to the Main Stage
 
After enjoying delicious jerk foods and indulging in a cultural feast on the Western Union Cultural Stage, music lovers gathered at the Fuzion Sound Stage for an eclectic musical feast. At sundown the stage converted to a dancehall featuring the sounds of renowned DJs Jazzy T of Renaissance, Innocent, Waggy T Movements and Coppershot. The newly introduced feature was a hit.
 
Over on the Main Stage, the indelible Fab Five band, in their signature style, delivered a feel-good performance which took patrons on a musical journey of yesteryear classics and today’s hits which  had them singing along.
 
Johnny “Buddy Bye” Osbourne brought the house down with his ’80s hits such as “Water Pumping,” “Ice Cream Love” and crowd favorite, “Buddy Bye.” The reggae singer has made a comeback and showed he still has it on the Main Stage.
 
As expected, the honey-tinged vocals of roots, reggae singer Etana went over well with patrons who sang along with some of her popular tunes like “I Am Not Afraid,” “Warrior Love” and “Wrong Address.” The prolific crooner delivered a show-stopping performance worthy of a headliner.
 
Bringing the night to crescendo and ending on a high, Morgan Heritage blazed the stage with their authentic roots reggae sound in popular tunes like “Down by the River,” “Tell Me How Come” and “Reggae Bring Back Love.” The family band closed on the perfect note.
 
Patrons left Markham Park satisfied after having their fill of fun, food and phenomenal entertainment at another exciting Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival.
 
The 12th Annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival is presented by Publix and sponsored by Digicel, Western Union, The Jamaica Tourist Board, National Bakery, LESSpine Institute, National Weekly Newspaper, WAVS Radio, Hot 105, Caribbean Airlines and VitaMalt. The event is produced by Jamaican Jerk Festival USA, Inc., in association with Jamaica Awareness, Inc.