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The Boston JerkFest™ has been successfully produced for 7 consecutive years. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic halting all in-person festivals, we have decided to go virtual this year and introduce Jerk Fridays™ on June 19, 26, and July 3, 2020 and Boston Jerkfest LIVE!™ the weekend of July 10-12, 2020. This free admission Caribbean Foodie virtual festival will give the audience an opportunity to celebrate all things spicy and hot in the comfort of their homes. This virtual event will feature local Jamaican jerk spiced food, live music and cultural performances for the whole family! The festival is free, but donations are welcomed to cover expenses related to technology, artists, staff and promotions. 

Ticketed Jerk Cooking Classes with Master Chefs will be offered,  including Celebrity Chef Hugh Sinclair, a.k.a. Chef Irie, the Global Culinary Architect, is the executive chef of Chef Irie Spice, Inc. – Private Chef and Catering Services, providing food services to the tri-county area South Florida. Chef Irie’s highly anticipated and critically acclaimed TV cooking mini-series, “Taste the Islands with Chef Irie”, debuted nationwide on April 4th, 2015 in 135 PBS markets. Taste the Islands is the only original Caribbean produced television series featuring a Caribbean born chef on a television network or otherwise.

This year’s Boston JerkFest will also feature Cat Coore, original band member and master cellist  classic reggae band, THIRD WORLD, Jamaica’s “Reggae Ambassadors”–known for “96° in the Shade.” and “Try Jah Love.” Cat Coore and other band members will be joining us in an intimate performance and Q&A. THIRD WORLD is a Jamaican reggae fusion band formed in 1973. Boston JerkFest LIVE will be the first ever virtual Jerk festival in the world.

View event coverage on our media page for what to expect.  Also, check out our awesome Boston JerkFest video!

2020 Highlights:

  • 3-day festival
  • Every restaurant vendor will offer at least one jerk dish!
  • Cooking Classes to learn from our Chef Masters
  • Chef demos, including a Seafood Throwdown (Friday Night) and Jerk Cook-off (Saturday Night)
  • Kids & Culture Day with  interactive activities for children of all ages
  • Jamming live DJ music to get your “Irie” on
  • Spice Lane, with lots more hot stuff to keep you in the mood
  • Cocktail Demos and Cocktail Thowdown featuring vendors who will stir up the best “Irie” drinks (Friday Night)

 

By participating in Boston Jerkfest you are helping to support several nonprofits. A portion of the proceeds of this event will support Sustainable Food and Culture, Teen Advocating for a Global Vision, and  Cambridge Carnival International’s steel pan program.