Celebrate Caribbean Cuisine at Boston JerkFest: July 1 and 2


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The event will also feature rum and lots of live music.

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The Boston JerkFest returns for its ninth year and will coincide with the celebration of the 60th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence.

The festival will take place over two days at the Harvard Athletic Complex. On Friday evening, ticket holders will have access to unlimited rum, beer and cocktail tasting. A meal ticket is also included.

On Saturday, the complex will be packed with food truck and restaurant vendors, each offering at least one jerk item for sale. The Boston Hot Sauce Fest will feature many hot sauces, herbs, jellies and more. There will also be a Seafood Throwdown and Jerk Cook-Off, where chefs will compete for the best jerk dish.

The festival will also feature family-friendly activities, so there’s no reason your 4th of July weekend shouldn’t be spicier than usual.

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Michael M. Tomlin