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Big plans for Port Royal Seafood festival 2015

Published:Friday | October 9, 2015 | 1:54 PMCurtis Campbell
Jenny Jenny

Media personality Jenny Jenny says there is no other event to be a part of come October 19, when she plays host to the 12th staging of the Grace Tropical Rhythms Port Royal Seafood Festival.

Speaking with The Gleaner at the recent launch, the ever bubbly Jenny Jenny said patrons will get more than the value of their money at this year's staging, especially with the headlining act being Grammy-nominated reggae artiste Sizzla Kalonji.

"There is nowhere else to go but right here. We are known for quality, rich history, great seafood, and a great vibe. This is the only place you are gonna find children under 12 being admitted for free and only $1,000 for general admission. We will also have giveaways galore and entertainment from 11 a.m.," she said.

For the first time ever, Port Royal Seafood Festival will also carry a song competition featuring various high schools. However, they will have to perform songs about food.

"It's a 'food musical' competition, so they will have to sing about food, and whoever it is that wins, will get cash. The top-three schools will get cash, and over 10 schools will compete," she said.

Member of Parliament for East Kingston and Port Royal Phillip Paulwell was out to show his support as usual. He told The Gleaner that the event is tremendous.

"We are celebrating the 12th year, and it is really the starting of the main event, which is to transform Port Royal into a heritage sight into the near future. We are carrying out several developmental investments in Port Royal as we speak," Paulwell said.

Hosted at the New Caribbean Maritime Institute campus in Port Royal, Suwanne Stewart, the manager of promotions and events at Grace Foods and Services, crowned the event as being number one in Jamaica.

"This is our eighth year on board, and Grace Tropical Rhythms Port Royal Seafood Festival, is the number-one seafood festival in Jamaica. This year, we will be doing mixes with alcohol, and we will have happy hour cocktail specials between 5 p.m.-

7 p.m. This is not something we normally do, so we are jazzing it up a bit. We have re-branded and relaunched, and we are making grace tropical rhythm the sexiest beverage on the market," she said.

Grace Kitchens will also be the main sponsor for the Celebrity Cook-off competition to be hosted on the day.

Port Royal Seafood Festival 2015 is sponsored by Grace Tropical Rhythms, Excelsior, Gas Pro, Digicel, Diamond Aluminium Foil, Tastee Cheese, Singer, TVJ, Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, Anchor, NMIA Airports Limited, Hitz FM, RJR, NuPak, among others.

Booked to perform at the event are Sizzla, DeMarco, Etana, Rondell Positive, Professor Nuts, among others.