BOSTON -- The second annual Boston JerkFest, a Caribbean-themed spicy food festival, will take place on Saturday, June 28, at the Benjamin Franklin Institute in the South End. The indoor/outdoor festival, held during two sessions (11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4-8 p.m.), features jerk-style international and local food for sale, live music, kid's activities, chef demos and a 21-plus rum and brew tasting.
Jerk is the specialty cuisine of the Caribbean that is not only mouth-burning hot, but also includes blends of spices to wake up the senses. It is typically served with tropical flavors such as pineapple, mango and sweet onions. Local Caribbean restaurants participating in the JerkFest include Jamaica Mi Hungry, Stir It Up Cuisine, Some 'Ting Nice, Singh's Roti Shop and more.
Boston JerkFest also includes a Rum & Brew Tasting for 21-plus festival attendees of craft beer, rum, distilled spirits, and other Caribbean-themed libations. Rum & Brew Tasting tickets grant entrance to an indoor space with live music and unlimited tastings from local and international craft brewers and distilleries. Boston's hottest mixologists will also stir up the most "Irie" drinks during a cocktail throwdown.
Chef demos and a seafood throwdown, sponsored by the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness and the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA), will also be held, with the crowd involved in the judging as well as a Boston-based panel.
Children's activities include stilt walking, face painting and crafts. Two live music stages will feature Jah-N-I Roots band, Hot Like Fire and Tempo International Steel Band.
A portion of the proceeds from JerkFest will support Cambridge Carnival International, a 501-c-3 non-profit organization that organizes the annual Cambridge Carnival in Kendall Square, Cambridge.
For tickets and information, visit bostonjerkfest.com.