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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 and 26, 2020 and Boston Jerkfest LIVE!™ the weekend of July 10-12, 2020. This year’s Boston JerkFest will feature classic reggae band, THIRD WORLD BAND, 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. Their sound is influenced by soul, funk and disco. “Cat” Coore and Richard Daley have been constant members. Boston JerkFest LIVE is July 10-12 and will be the first ever virtual Jerk festival in the country.

Check out this video of Cat Coore playing Bob Marley’s Redemption song with the cello – fast forward to 1:01:10 

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Jerk Fridays, 6/19 and 6/26th,  6:00pm – 9:00pm

Rum, Wine  & Brew – Friday July 10, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Food Festival – Saturday July  11, 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Kids & Culture Day – Sunday July 12, 2:00pm – 5:00pm 

What does it cost? The festival is free, but donations welcome to cover expenses related to technology, artists, staff and promotions. There is a fee for cooking classes with a Jerk Cooking Classes with Master Chefs. We look forward to your joining us on this exciting journey.

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 welcome to cover expenses related to technology, artists, staff and promotions. There is a fee for cooking classes with Jerk Cooking Classes with Master Chefs. We look forward to you joining us on this exciting journey. 

Overview of the Schedule

Boston JerkFest LIVE will be a 3-day weekend, July 10-12, 2020 and with top local and international performers with the following daily programming:

  • The festival offers 3 days of fun kicking off with the Rum & Brew Tasting on Friday night, July 10, 2020 from 6:00- 9:00 PM  with our Cocktail Throwdown, bartenders sharing cocktail demos, chef demos, live performances and DJ’s. Patrons can order jerk food dishes for take-out or delivery from their favorite Caribbean restaurant. while imbibing in the online fun. 
  • On Saturday, July 11 from 4:00PM- 8:00 PM, the jerk food festival will run and we’ll be partnering with the best local Caribbean restaurants to deliver authentic jerk dishes to the audience’s doorstep. Patrons can choose to pick up or delivery of their jerk foods. The programming will include Chef Demos, cooking classes, Jerk Cook-off, Seafood Throwdown, DJ’s, steel pan performances, and local and international artists, including Cat Coore and members of THIRD WORLD BAND to add excitement and value to Boston Jerkfest LIVE. 
  • On Sunday, July 12 from 2:00PM – 5:00PM, we will round up the festival with a day of Kids and Culture filled with fun and interactive activities for the whole family, including face painting demos, a steel pan jam session, & more!

Boston JerkFest LIVE Applications

Food and Craft Vendor Application

Interested in being a food, craft or exhibitor vendor? Apply here

Rum, Wine & Brew Tasting Application

Got some mixology skills? Are you a distillery, brewery, winery, cidery or artisan beverage maker? Join us by doing a cocktail demo or participating in our Cocktail Throwdown here. Limited slots are available.

Chef Demo and Cooking Classes Application

So, you say you have the best jerk spices in town, why don’t you show us? If you got culinary skills or a Master Chef, you can do a Chef Demo, compete in the Jerk Cook-off or Seafood Throwdown, or run you own cooking class. Sign up and more details here.

Boston JerkFest Call for Artists/Performers Application

We are seeking talented artists to showcase at Boston JerkFest live.  We are looking for musicians, dancers, storytellers, and more. Apply here.


Jerk Fridays 

Friday, June 19, 2020

In honor of Juneteenth, we are excited to feature Nahdra and Jahriffe, owners of Oasis Vegan Veggie Parlor in Dorchester, MA along with House of Nahdra, DJ Nomadik, Lady Enchantress, and friends. Vegan jerk food is available for purchase and pick up  or delivery at this local favorite. This event is free, but donations are welcome to cover  expenses related to technology, artists, staff and promotions. 

Friday, June 26, 2020

This evening will feature Boston JerkFest Producer Nicola Williams cooking her own Jerk Chicken, Storyteller and Actress Valerie Stevens, Steel Pan performance by Sista Dee of Dis n Dat Band, DJ Rugged One and more! Featured Boston area restaurants offering special jerk dishes are Irie Jamaican Restaurant in Dorchester, and R&S Jamaican Restaurant in Roslindale. This event is free, but donations are welcome to cover expenses related to technology, artists, staff and promotions. 

Boston JerkFest LIVE, July 10-12, 2020

Boston JerkFest LIVE will be a 3-day weekend, July 10-12, 2020 and with top local and international performers with the following daily programming:

  • The festival offers 3 days of fun kicking off with the Rum & Brew Tasting on Friday night, July 10, 2020 from 6:00- 9:00 PM  with our Cocktail Throwdown, bartenders sharing cocktail demos, chef demos, live performances and DJ’s. Patrons can order jerk food dishes for take-out or delivery from their favorite Caribbean restaurant. while imbibing in the online fun. 
  • On Saturday, July 11 from 4:00PM- 8:00 PM, the jerk food festival will run and we’ll be partnering with the best local Caribbean restaurants to deliver authentic jerk dishes to the audience’s doorstep. Patrons can choose to pick up or delivery of their jerk foods. The programming will include Chef Demos, cooking classes, Jerk Cook-off, Seafood Throwdown, DJ’s, steel pan performances, and local and international artists, including to add excitement and value to Boston Jerkfest Live. 
  • On Sunday, July 12 from 2:00PM – 5:00PM, we will round up the festival with a day of Family and Culture filled with fun and interactive activities for the whole family, including face painting demos, a steel pan jam session, & more!