Relocating to Brooklyn has turned out to be a windfall of opportunities for the New York Jerk & Yam Fest as new relationships which expands the platform of the festival has taken the event to an expanding market and wider audience.
The New York Yam & Roti Jam will be held at the Brooklyn Tech Athletic Field, located at Clermont Avenue between Fulton & Atlantic on Labor Day Sunday, September 5, 2010. Gates will open at 11:00 am thru 11 pm.
The festival which now has a Roti Village added to the Yam and Jerk Villages is being described as a food feast and cultural extravaganza for the big Labor Day weekend. “Food Lovers should flock to the festival to see all that is on show” says the event organizers.
“A wider appeal to a Caribbean audience makes for a winning event. We are now more inclusive of dishes that are popular across the Caribbean. We will also be featuring some national dishes as well, all exciting elements.”
And what of roast yams or yam dishes? The usual fare of Caribbean yellow yam will be available for all yam lovers but a partnership forged with Young Rock Soccer – Project Africa has also added the African Diaspora as part of the event.
“Through our partnership with Young Rock Soccer Inc we have exposed the event to the African Diaspora and will now include African Dishes. Yam is a big part of the African diet so we will be exploring and showcasing yam dishes from different parts of Africa,” according to the festival organizers.
A full day of family fun is in store for all with bounce, games and other activities for the kids. Jamaica’s number 1 live band will provide entertainment, with other exciting acts to be announced.
Part proceeds are in aid Haiti & Jamaican Charities and Young Rock-Project Africa.