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QNS/Photos by Selena Hill
QNS/Photos by Selena Hill

As a 98-degree summer day scorched the city on Sunday, this Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival was cooking up at Roy Wilkins Park in Jamaica!

The sixth annual largest Caribbean Food Festival was jam-packed and fun-filled, as hundreds of guests basked in the beauty of Jamaican culture with delicious food, live reggae and soca performances, handmade goods and more.

Exciting appearances by Dancehall sensation Dexta Daps, Gyptian, soca superstar Rupee, Reggae Ambassadors Third World and others kept the all-day event flowing with entertainment from noon to 8 p.m. Comedian Pretty Boy Floyd had the crowd rolling on the main stage while cultural presentations unfolded on the Western Union Cultural Stage.

The mouth-watering aroma of jerk chicken simmered in the stifling air, as various food vendors served floods of customers their unique jerk chicken, curry chicken, oxtail, roasted corn, natural juices and so much more. Patrons also enjoyed a plethora of jerk dishes at the popular Grace Jerk Cook-Off & Culinary Demonstration, which showcased different ways in which the spicy jerk seasoning can be prepared.

The following photos are sure to give you a visual thrill of Sunday’s 2016 Grace Jamaican Jerk festivities, sponsored by Grace Foods, Western Union, Continental Bakery, Power 106 and more.

Scrumptious Caribbean Food

Notable vendors throughout the city came to serve up their best Jamaican dishes. Boston Jerk, Home of the Original Jerk Chicken, Yardies, Mama’s Cooking, Mr. Cee Jerk Center, Caribbean Corns and Benash International LLC were a few of many food and drink vendors at the Jerk Festival.

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Owner Conrad Martin of Mr. Cee Jerk Center shared his first time experience of vending at the Jerk Festival. "To be honest, when the show just started and I was out there. I'm like wow, the sun was like 100 degrees I was like geez," he told QNS. "I was worried like seeing nobody coming, I was like geez what's going to happen? Next thing you know, I couldn't believe it. The pork is finished, the chicken is finished, the fish is finished."

Owner Conrad Martin of Mr. Cee Jerk Center shared his first-time experience of vending at the Jerk Festival. “To be honest, when the show just started and I was out there, I’m like wow, the sun was like 100 degrees. I was like geez,” he told QNS. “I was worried like seeing nobody coming, I was like geez what’s going to happen? Next thing you know, I couldn’t believe it. The pork is finished, the chicken is finished, the fish is finished.”

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QNS reporter Brianna Ellis and friend Anasha Dinac

QNS reporter Brianna Ellis and friend Anasha Dinac

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Pulsating Rhythms & Explosive Dance Moves

Dancehall hit artist Dexta Daps

Dancehall hit artist Dexta Daps

Beloved reggae star Gyptian

Beloved reggae star Gyptian

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International Reggae Ambassadors Third World

International Reggae Ambassadors Third World

DANCA® Family, a diverse dancehall group, dazzled viewers with their vigorous dance moves and clever choreography.

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Video by @lipstick_chef/Instagram found on @blackadidanca/Instagram page.

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“I have a love for dance, it comes so natural. It’s not something that’s forced,” Nelly Danca (middle) said. “We know each other through dance, so it’s natural. We’re family. We get together all the time and dance everywhere.”

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"It's an annual family event and it's kid-friendly for a long time. We don't have shots, we don't have known of that stuff so I think it should keep going on," Jamaican vendor Menelik John of Mystical Entertainment told QNS. "I get to see all my wonderful Caribbean people mixed up with American and we're all one unity. It's a beautiful feeling compared to the picture they try to portray of us as minorities so we are proud."

“It’s an annual family event and it’s kid-friendly for a long time. We don’t have shots, we don’t have none of that stuff so I think it should keep going on,” vendor Menelik John of Mystical Entertainment told QNS. “I get to see all my wonderful Caribbean people mixed up with American and we’re all one unity. It’s a beautiful feeling compared to the picture they try to portray of us as minorities so we are proud.”

 

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