Torontonians were invited to spice up their weekend on the 8th and 9th of August at the 14th annual JerkFest held over the weekend. Founded in the year 2001, the JerkFest 2015 was the largest recorded one so far. The event attracted over 25 jerk food vendors, 6 light food vendors and over 60,000 visitors.
The JerkFood vendors served everything from traditional Jerk chicken, beef, pork, and lamb to more exotic meats like alligator, kangaroo and moose. Some vendors also experimented with rare jerk fusion dishes. The winner of last year’s jerk vendor contest has reported a dramatic increase in his business after winning the competition. He has also opened a new food truck which was also present at this year’s event.
Presented by sponsor Grace Kennedy for second year in a row, the outdoor festival is not about the love of tantalizing jerk cuisine, but also a celebration of the unique flair of Caribbean culture. The festival’s tagline has been perfectly composed ‘come for the food and stay for the fun.’ This years festival included some of Caribbean’s top artists like ‘the royal family of reggae Morgan heritage, 2015 Juno award winner Exco Levi, top Toronto soca band, destiny band, steel pan band ‘Souls of steel‘ and Jay Harmony with Groove sharks.
The JerkFest 2015 was a reunion of both families and friends. The Caribbean event has been embraced by Canadians and allows the community to celebrate and share their culture proudly. The major competitions in JerkFest 2015 included ‘Hot and spicy’ jerk chicken and ‘so you think you can jerk’ contest sponsored by Grace Kennedy.
The contributions for this years food drive were donated to the food banks all across Toronto.