Jerk and reggae combine at Boston Jerk celebration

June 30, 2017
Chef Raymond Tari Marshall (left) and Trevor Brown grill up pork for the hungry multitude at the event in 2010.
In this file 2006 photo, tourists eat up some jerked goodness.
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The Portland Boston Food Festival has returned with a different name and claim to fame.

The food and music festival, now renamed the Boston Jerk Celebration, is slated to take place in the community of Boston in Portland on July 1 and July 2.

The food festival, which is described as a family-oriented event, is set to provide entertainment for the family throughout the day, as well as the preparation of jerked meals and other delicacies.

Over the years, the food festival lost its appeal, which reflected in the low patron turnout at the event over time.

But this year, businessman Colin Shaka Fame' Bell is promising a new and improved event.

 

COMMUNITY EVENT

 

"This year will be totally different. The original concept of the jerk festival was that it should be a community event. This year, we are truly keeping it in the community. So when you come Saturday or Sunday, the roads will be decorated and music will be all over in the community," he told THE WEEKEND STAR.

"Is just fi the entertainment now, that is going to be on the beach. And wid that beach setting, that mek it totally different, and people will have access to the beach, and the beach will be open for swimming. All the lifeguards will be on duty, first aid, everything. It will be a total community event."

This year's celebration will be featuring acts such as Rankin Pumpkin, I-Octane, Fab 5 and General Trees.

Bell explained that since it will also be International Reggae Day, reggae and jerk will be celebrated at the same time.

Marie Newman, a vendor who will be selling at the celebration this year, said she is looking forward to this year's event.

"I'm expecting more people to come out this year," she said. "I'm being positive, and I'm expecting a good turnout."

Bell also believes that this year's celebration will receive good support from the public.

"I'm calling on people to come and get the Boston experience to come to the home of the product to celebrate the product," he said, noting that he is also expecting patrons from all over the world.

Bell told THE WEEKEND STAR that this year's event is not just about coming out to eat good food. He said is also a celebration of Jamaica's culture and the lifestyle of the people of the community of Boston in Portland.

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