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Due to the popularity of this event, we have expanded the festival this year to 2 days. Boston JerkFest™ is an outdoor/indoor family-friendly Caribbean style foodie festival that features Jamaican jerk spiced food and all things spicy and hot. Boston Jerkfest is Saturday, June, 24, 2017 at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, 41 Berkeley Street in Boston’s South End. The festival offers two sessions: 11am-3pm and 4-8pm.

The Rum & Brew Tasting @ Boston JerkFest will take place on Friday, June 23, 2017 , 6:00-9:30pm at the same location.  This 21+ event  features live music and unlimited tastings of rum, local craft beer and a variety of Caribbean themed libations.

Boston Jerkfest offers authentic Caribbean, international, and local spicy food for sale, including: spicy meals, jams, nuts, and desserts, as well as traditional home-made drinks from the Caribbean. Boston Jerkfest also features live entertainment and performances for the whole family. In its inaugural year in 2013, the event was so attractive, it sold out for both sessions. View event coverage on Boston.com for a recap of what to expect in 2017 here. Also, check out our awesome Boston JerkFest video!


2017 Highlights:

  • 2-day festival
  • Every restaurant vendor will offer at least one jerk dish!
  • Chef demos, including a Seafood Throwdown and Jerk Cook-off.
  • Cocktail Demos featuring vendors who will stir up the best “Irie” drinks
  • Cocktail Throwdown for Boston’s Best Caribbean Cocktail
  • Jamming live music to get your “Irie” on.
  • Spice Lane, with lots more hot stuff to keep you in the mood.

By participating in Boston Jerkfest you are helping to support Cambridge Carnival. 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.