Press Release courtesy of Eddy Edwards…..

More Jerk, More Fun!
Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival Kicks off Week of ActivitiesJerk Festival Logo

FORT LAUDERDALE, October 30, 2013 — South Florida is getting pumped as the countdown begins for the 12th annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, scheduled for Markham Park in Sunrise on November 10, 2013. The festival’s Board of Directors has lined up a week of activities to satisfy longtime patrons and entice attendees from other U.S. cities and the all over the Caribbean. 
Attracting some over 18,000 patrons each year, the festival packs everything from cultural performances and culinary competitions to entertainment and family oriented activities into one phenomenal day centered on the world famous Jamaican jerk.

But with patrons and Jerk Fest lovers clamoring for more, the Board of Directors are sweetening the pot with “Jerk Week” beginning with the Hot Trot 5K Run/Walk at Markham Park on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 8 a.m. Health nuts and even couch potatoes will converge at the park, led by World & Olympic 100m and 200m Champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. It will also feature a Health & Wellness fair and will benefit Team Jamaica Bickle Inc., a non-profit organization that supports Caribbean athletes.Jerk Fest Expansion

Sharpen your knives and get your seasonings ready for the Jerk Cooking Class set for Tuesday November 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Culinary experts from Publix Apron’s Cooking School and Chef Irie Spice will offer helpful tips on how to cook authentic Jamaican jerk. This class will be a night of fun food, great people, and classic Caribbean culture.  Sign up at the festival’s website.

The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival will bring A Taste of Jamaica to the University of Miami campus on Wednesday, November 6 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Students and faculty members will sample delectable jerk foods and Grace products and have a chance to win tickets to the festival.

Prepare for a night peppered with sizzling entertainment on Friday, November 8, from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. at the Jerk Welcome Party, “Inferno” featuring DJs Nikko and Mixmaster Marvin from Jamaica’s FAME FM, at Grand Palms Hotel in Pembroke Pines . There might be a few celebrities on hand hobnobbing with the crowd and signing autographs.

The week of activities will culminate with the main event, the 12th Annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival. This day will be jam-packed with food, family, friends and entertainment and activities patrons have grown to know and love. The Publix Jerk Cook-off will no doubt be a hit as will the Grace Village. The event will include the popular Western Union Cultural Stage, Corporate Circle, and the Party Pavilion. As usual, the festival will come to an explosive close with sizzling entertainment on Main Stage.

Media Contact: Eddy Edwards

Jamaican Jerk Festival USA, Inc.
Phone: 786-361-1103

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The 12th Annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival is presented by Publix and sponsored by Digicel, Western Union, The Jamaica Tourist Board, National Bakery, LESSpine Institute, National Weekly Newspaper, WAVS Radio, Hot 105, Caribbean Airlines and VitaMalt. The event is produced by Jamaican Jerk Festival USA, Inc., in association with Jamaica Awareness, Inc.