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Philly to host first Jerk Festival

Published:Wednesday | September 3, 2014 | 9:00 AM
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Shereita Grizzle, Gleaner Writer

On September 7, Philadelphia will host its first annual Jerk Festival. The Philadelphia Jerk Festival joins the list of annual festivals held in various States across the United States, including New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Atlanta.

The hugely anticipated event is projected to attract over 7,000 people, and is expected to showcase the best of Caribbean culture with food and music being the main focus. Veteran reggae singer Sanchez and the 'King of the Dancehall', Beenie Man, have been named as headline acts, and are expected to put in powerful performances before a packed audience. Jah Selah, James Murphy and Love Truly are also billed to perform.

The inaugural festival, which was originally scheduled for July, had to be postponed due to heavy rain, and a waterlogged pitch at Cobbs Creek Recreational Grounds also resulted in a change of venue. When quizzed about the prospects of hosting the event earlier than September, the organisers said that an earlier date was not an option due to the time limits on the application process for hosting events in the United States. Nevertheless, organisers of the festival are optimistic that the all-day event that will now be held at Fairmount Park in Chamounix will yield much success.

A kids zone as well as art and craft villages will also serve as attractions at the event.