The partnering of the Farm Up Jamaica Caribbean Farmers Market and coming Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival is a match made in Jamaica, Queens, to benefit agriculture and youth in Jamaica.
Tickets are for the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival are $36 in advance or $46 at the event and can be purchased at www.jerkfestivalny.com.
The popular Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival — coming to Roy Wilkins on Merrick Blvd. on July 22 — will have entertainment, activities for all ages and features high-caliber performers such as Elephant Man, HoodCelebrityy (cq), L.U.S.T., New Kingston, Ragashanti, Jamiel, Patoranking and Platinum Kids.
Of course there’s the irresistible cuisine and the event’s reputation as “New York’s Biggest Caribbean Food Festival.”
But this year, there will be Caribbean produce for sale, for a good cause. Yellow yam; pumpkin; Jamaican bananas, pineapple and breadfruit; callaloo; sugarcane; coconut; ginger; Scotch bonnet pepper and a host of Caribbean foods are on sale to benefit the Farm Up mission to reduce the amount of foods imported into Jamaica and create employment opportunities in agriculture for young Jamaicans.
Festival patrons are urged to bring shopping bags and purchase produce from the Farm Up market at the event. Cash and credit/debit cards will be accepted, as well as monetary donations to the organization.
“Tasting the best Caribbean flavors at an event is one thing, having access to the raw ingredients to recreate the experience at home is another.” says Dr. (cq) Julius Garvey, son of the late Marcus Garvey and director of strategic research and development for Farm Up Jamaica.
The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival New York is sponsored by Moneygram, Laparkan Shipping, Tower Isle Patties, Continental Bakery, the Jamaica Tourist Board, HSBC bank and produced by Jamaican Jerk Festival NY, LLC, in association with VP Records.