Tickets on sale now at www.bostonjerkfest.com
Bring your friends and family and join us for Boston JerkFest™, a unique and memorable experience that is full of spice, fun and food. Check out our Rum & Brew Tasting too!
New this year:
- Expanded space on site to accommodate for more people
- More jerk! Every restaurant vendor will offer at least one jerk dish!
- Chef demos, including a Seafood Throwdown with two chefs vying for the best jerk dish and sponsored by Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness and Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance.
- Cocktail Throwdown featuring Boston’s hottest Mixologists who will stir up the best "Irie" drinks made from products featured at the Rum & Brew Tasting..
- More jamming live music to get your “Irie” on.
- Expanded Spicy Lane, with lots more hot stuff to keep you in the mood.
Mission: Eat, Drink, and Be Irie©
Boston JerkFest™ is an out-door/in-door family-friendly Caribbean style foodie festival that features Jamaican jerk spiced food and all things spicy and hot. Boston Jerkfest™ is Saturday, June, 28, 2014 at the Benjamin Franklin Institute, 41 Berkley Street in the South End, Boston and offers two sessions: 11am-3pm and 4-8pm. FOOD IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE ADMISSION TICKET.
Boston Jerkfest™ will feature top local Caribbean Chefs, authentic Caribbean food for sale, including specialty foods such as: spicy jams, nuts, desserts, and traditional home-made drinks from the Caribbean with entertainment and performances for the whole family. It also features a Rum & Brew Tasting for 21+ festival attendees. FOOD IS NOT INCLUDED IN ADMISSION TICKET.
Ticket Information: $12 in advance; $15 at door for adults. $5 for children. Rum & Brew is $45 in advance and more at the door if there are any left.
NOTE THAT ADMISSION FOR ANY TICKET DOES NOT INCLUDE FOOD. FOOD WILL BE FOR SALE BY VENDORS ON SITE
Festival Admission price per Session: $15 Adults; $5 Children under 12 years: Access to Festival site only with live entertainment and opportunity to PURCHASE authentic jerk and other spicy foods as well specialty foods, desserts, and home-made Caribbean non-alcoholic drinks. Rum and brewfest tickets sold separately.
Session 1: 11am-3pm
Session 2: 4-8pm
Rum & Brew Tasting + Festival Admission, $45 advance ticket price per Session: (21+ Only): Unlimited Tastings of local craft beer, local rum, and other creative Caribbean-themed libations and does NOT include FOOD. FOOD WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PUCHASE. The Tasting event will feature live bands performing a variety of Caribbean and Latin rhythms from 12pm-3pm. This is an All Access pass to the Festival and Rum & Brew Tasting. All alcohol must be contained inside the premises in the designated Rum & Brew Tasting area.
Session 1: Rum Brew + Festival Admission from 11am-3pm plus Rum & Brew Tasting (Note that Tasting times are 12-3pm)
Sesison 2: Rum Brew + Festival Admission l from 4-8pm plus Rum & Brew Tasting (Note that Tasting times are 5-8pm)
Jamaican jerk spice is a complex hot and spicy seasoning that is either wet or dry and used as a rub to marinate and cook various types of proteins. Jamaican Scotch Bonnet Pepper, its main ingredient responsible for the heat in the spice, is one of the hottest chili peppers in the world. Other ingredients include allspice and a variety of Caribbean spices. Jerk is also a cooking technique applied to many different types of food, mostly proteins, including chicken, pork, goat, beef ribs, fish, shellfish, tofu, and others. Jamaican jerk seasoning and cooking has become very popular in the US and Western Europe. The majority of Caribbean Restaurants in Boston feature some type of jerk dish on their menus.
The process of jerking is similar to barbecuing and is often done over an open flame. In Jamaica, the best jerk food is barbequed in a fire pit underground. Jamaican jerk spice is said to have African roots. The spice and technique was perfected by Africans who settled in the town of Boston, in the Parish of Portland, Jamaica, where today, an annual festival celebrates authentic jerk. Our Boston Jerkfest™ will pay homage to Boston, Jamaica, the home of real Jamaican jerk!
About The Producer
Boston Jerkfest™ is produced by The Williams Agency, also producer of signature regional events such as the Boston Local Food Festival, Cambridge Carnival International, and Hyper-Local Brewfest. A portion of the proceeds of this event will support Cambridge Carnival International, a 501-c-3 non-profit organization that organizes the annual Cambridge Carnival in Kendall Square, Cambridge.
For more information about Boston Jerkfest™:
Directions & Parking: Entry to the festival is from the Tremont Street entrance. The festival is accessible via public transportation, which is encouraged. For directions, parking informationi, visit www.bostonjerkfest.com
Call: The Williams Agency at 617-395-7680
Vendor application: Visit www.bostonjerkfest.com for application
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