TASTE OF JERK KICKS OFF NEW YORK JERK FEST- Launch Features Live Remote, Culinary Tastings, Artist Meet and Greets and more


This Saturday, June 16th, 2018, The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival will hold their annual Taste of Jerk kick-off event at the VP Records Retail Store in Jamaica, Queens. The event is the official media launch to inform the public of the various performers, food vendors and entertainment they can expect at the festival taking place Sunday, July 22nd at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens from 12-8pm. Both the press conference and food competition is held from 12-2pm, while the public can participate in the festivities which includes a live remote by Irie Jam Radio, from 2-4pm.

2018 Festival Participating vendors include Island Wraps, Sunshine Quizine, Global Chef’s Catering, Mount Vernon, Island Blend (raw Vegan), T&G Flavors and more. Vendors will take part in a food competition. Last year, Yardie’s restaurant took home the festival’s famous Dutch Pot Trophy.

The day will continue with Reggae King Radio streaming from 2-5pm as well as Irie Jam doing a live remote from 2-4pm. Reggae group, New Kingston will stop by for a fan meet and greet along with special surprise guests. In addition, National Bakery, HSBC Bank, Farm UP and more companies will showcase their latest products and services to attendees. Tasty treats by vendors and sponsors will be provided for non media guests as well as a mini kids zone are for the little ones with face painting and more.

This year’s New York Jerk Festival will include performances by energy God Elephant Man, African sensation Patoran King and ‘Walking Trophy” artist Hood Celebrityy. Other performers include LU.S.T., Jahmiel and New Kingston.

“Taste of Jerk is an opportunity for folks to come out and enjoy good food and vibes leading into the New York Jerk Festival”, said Richard Lue, Director of Business Development for VP Records. “We are very excited about this year. The music lineup and various food vendors are sure to be a big hit.”

About NY Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival:

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 festival goers. Held annually at 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. This year’s Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival is taking place on July 22nd, 2018. The Festival has been featured in NY 1, NY Daily News, Pix11 & Paste Magazine. Past Festival headliners have included sought after Dancehall, Soca and Reggae Artists: Christopher Martin, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Third World, Dexta Daps, Tifa, Gyptian, Bunji Garlin, and Fay Ann Lyons.

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Tickets are valued at $35.00 in advance and $45.00 at the event. Online tickets are available for purchase at :

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