When you spice up Caribbean food and music, there is always a savoring kick to it.
-review of the event at the South Florida Fairgrounds (West Palm Beach)The Jerk Festival held its 14th annual event on Memorial Day. It was a great place to eat delicious jerk food and dance to some reggae tunes.
As soon as I entered the fairground, the smell of the jerk food was in the air. Different vendors such as Royalty Catering and Cliff’s Restaurant & Catering set up their booth to provide a variety of jerk such as lobster, ribs and much more. Surprisingly, even the ice cream tasted like jerk. To cool off from the sun, there was some different types of flavor smoothie like Pina colada and mango. Some people also enjoyed the pineapple conch salad, which is a popular dish in the Bahamas. There were a lot of options for food and they were all at a reasonable price, especially since there was a lot of food on the plate. Guests spent around $8 for their entrees.
Beside the adults, kids got a chance to be in the fun as well with a few bounce houses and even participate in a talent competition with a cash prize. An 8-year-old boy, a crowd favorite, went home happy with the cash prize. To take the prize he showed off his some impressive dance moves.
When prizes are involved you can expect a live crowd. The Jerk Fest did a good job with giving people many opportunities to win some cash. In addition to the talent show, there was a dance competition and a beer chugging competition. If that wasn’t enough, 1-800-411 Pain, the sponsor of the event was walking up to random people to give them cash prizes if they had their number saved in their phone. The final competition everyone was waiting for was the jerk contest. Cliff Restaurant & Catering took home the trophy for the best jerk, which ended Papa Jerk winning strike for several years.
Still, it wouldn’t be a Jerk Fest without live entertainment. Some of the artists that preformed included Agent Sasco and Wayne Wonder before the night ended with the crowd’s favorite Tarrus Riley. Everyone sang along as he performed songs like She’s Royal and Just the way you are.
Overall, the Jerk Fest was success. It was a pleasant sight watching different people from Caribbean countries hold their flag up and have fun together. Good food, good music and great vibes.