Dexta Daps, Myrie top Grace festival
Dexta Daps stole the show, while Miss Jamaica World showed off her culinary craft at the Grace Jamaican Jerk Food Festival, held at Roy Wilkins Park in New York on Saturday.
Before the thousands who congregated in the park to enjoy the great Jamaican music festival and culinary fair, the dancehall sensation was a standout among performers Third World, Rupee, Gyptian, Ikaya and Britain-born Jamaican singer Mark-Anthony Abel, who opened the show.
Daps got the vibe going with 7Eleven, which set the stage for a memorable set that included Dreaming, Whine For Me and Morning Love. He even gave the captive audience a taste of his versatility with his performance of the Morgan Heritage classic She Is Still Loving Me, that was very well received. He closed with Shabba Madda Pot, a track that is blowing up in the Tri-State Area.
Meanwhile, Miss Jamaica World 2015 Dr Sanneta Myrie showed she was more than just the beautiful face with a doctor's degree. She is also a pretty good chef, whipping up a winning recipe in the Celebrity Cook-Off against New York City Public Advocate Tish James.
"I was particularly excited to show off my cooking prowess in the Grace Jerk Cook-Off," she said. "Never thought I would have the opportunity to call myself an award-winning chef. I had such a blast experimenting with Grace premium products in such a heated competition surrounded by enthusiastic Caribbean support."
Event organiser Eddie Edwards was a happy man at the end of the day. "New York continues to support the festival tremendously and for that we are grateful. The success of the performances on our stages, along with our distinguished chefs and competitors in the cook-off pavilion, were a showcase of Jamaica's culinary, musical and cultural best," he said.