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Star power spice up culinary pavilion at Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, DC

Published:Wednesday | June 7, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Romain Virgo
Fay-Ann Lyons

The most delicious place to be in the Metro DC area on Sunday, June 18 is the Festival Grounds at RFK stadium (Parking lot 6) where families, friends, celebrities, chefs and jerk lovers will gather for the second staging of the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival. 

Managing partner and cook-off organiser, June Minto, is excited about activities in the Culinary Pavilion, featuring an awesome line-up of chefs for the cooking demonstrations and the exciting, must-see cooking competitions planned. This is where amateur and professional chefs, celebrity chefs and personalities go head to head to see who emerges with the best jerk dishes. 

Two-time Food Network’s Chopped Champion Chef, Andre Fowles, of the famous Miss Lily’s in New York, will be showing his cooking chops with a demonstration at the event. Patrons will also have a chance to watch cooking demos with DC’s own Master Chef Giovanni Merle, who has been featured in several media outlets including FOX, MyTV, Voice of America, The Washington Post and more.

There will also be a Celebrity Quick Fire Challenge.

For the Celebrity Quick Fire Challenge, patrons will see soca sensation Fay Ann Lyons facing off with the Emmy Award winning journalist and WJLA ABC news anchor, Michelle Marsh. 

Other highlights of the event include traditional folk presentations as well as spoken word, singing and dancing on the cultural stage, a bustling Kidz Zone as well as a sizzling concert with performances by reggae sensations Tarrus Riley, Romain Virgo and Queen Ifrica along with Soca’s royal couple Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons.

Gates will open at 11 a.m., and the fun continues until 8 p.m.

The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, DC, is presented by the Institute of Caribbean Studies and produced by Jamaican Jerk Festival NY, LLC in association with VP Records.