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US Jerk Festival to celebrate Jamaica's 50th, Grace's 90th

Published:Tuesday | May 8, 2012 | 12:00 AM

This year, the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival will celebrate both the anniversaries of Jamaica's 50th year of independence and Grace Food's 90th.

Festival organisers are promising patrons lots of excitement in a series of promotions leading up to the event.

The one-day family-friendly food festival is scheduled for Sunday, July 22 at Roy Wilkins Park, Queens, New York. It is anticipated that more than 10,000 patrons will attend to feast on spicy and succulent jerk fare, as well as enjoy a variety of cultural, culinary and entertainment presentations from noon to 8:00 p.m.

Grace adds special flair

Title sponsor Grace Foods will again add spice with an exciting series of in-store promotions at several leading retail outlets beginning in May right up to festival day.

"We are exceptionally proud to participate this year as we celebrate a very special milestone for the festival and Grace Foods," said Ricardo Bryan, North America market manager.

"We would like to reaffirm our commitment to the community and also to laying the foundation for an enduring tradition for many more years."

Quality entertainment

The entertainment on the main stage will feature singing sensation Tarrus Riley, Fab 5 Band among others as well as a Gospel segment featuring local gospel groups.

"We at VP are very pleased to see the Festival established as the most anticipated annual summer event in the community,"said Neil Robertson, Live Events & Agent at VP Records the World's leading Reggae label and co-producers of the festival with Jamaican Jerk Festival USA, Inc.

The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival is presented in association with Digicel and VP Records, and is sponsored by Western Union, The Jamaica Tourist Board, Jet Blue Airways, BiggaSodas, Irie Jam Media, and VitaMalt.