Reggae, soca stars for jerk festival


June 08, 2017
Romain Virgo
Fay-Ann Lyons

The most delicious place to be in the Metro DC area on Sunday, June 18 is the Festival Grounds at RFK stadium (Parking lot six), where persons will gather for the second staging of the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival.

Aside from the food, the event will see a sizzling concert with performances by reggae sensations Tarrus Riley, Romain Virgo and Queen Ifrica, along with soca's royal couple, Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons.

Local favourites Ras Slick and Image band along with comedian Ragashanti, DJ G-Nice and Ablazin Radio DJs will add more flavour to the day's entertainment.

Managing partner and cook-off organiser June Minto is excited about activities in the culinary pavilion, featuring an awesome line-up of chefs for the cooking demonstrations, and the exciting, must-see cooking competitions planned.

This is where amateur and professional chefs, celebrity chefs and personalities go head to head to see who emerges with the best jerk dishes.

Other highlights of the event include traditional folk presentations, as well as spoken word, singing and dancing on the cultural stage and a bustling kids' zone.

Minto encourages patrons to come early to participate and partake of all the offerings in the cook-off pavilion as well as the other features of the festival.

"We'll have a few surprise celebrities, lots of giveaways, Grace gift baskets, aprons, T-shirts and so much more."

New to this year's festival will be a VIP Vibe Zone, which will offer patrons an all-inclusive menu of gourmet tapas servings, drinks, waiter service, exquisite decor, and a premium viewing area, delivering an exclusive fan experience.

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