The Boston JerkFest is a fun, indoor and outdoor family-friendly Caribbean style food festival. It features the Jamaican jerk spiced food. At the said festival, you will find the best local Caribbean chefs, authentic Caribbean international and local spicy foods for sale. Some of the specialty foods at the festival are spicy jams, nuts, desserts, home-made drinks and more. Aside from that, there will be entertainment and several performances for the whole family. For festival attendees that are 21 years old and above, they can enjoy the Rum & Brew Tasting and a number of Caribbean themed libations.
On June 29, 2013, the Boston JerkFest will take place at the Benjamin Franklin Institue Techonology, at the Tremont Street entrance, directly across the street from the 478 Tremont Street, in the South End, Boston. The festival offers two different sessions, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Ticket price are at $15 for adults and $6 for children per session. If you would like an All Access Pass for the Rum and Brew Tasting plus the festival, you can get a ticket for $35.
A part of the proceeds for the event will support the Cambridge Carnival International, a non-profit organization that organizes the annual Cambridge Carnival which stands at Kendall Square, Cambridge.
- What: The Boston JerkFest
- Where: Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Boston, MA
- When: June 29, 2013 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
- Cost: From $6 to $35
- Suitable for all ages
The Jamaican Jerk
The Jamaican jerk spice is a complex and hot spicy seasoning. It comes in either wet or dry form, used as a rub to marinate and cook different types of protein. The Jamaican Scotch Bonnet Pepper is the main ingredient for the jerk and is responsible for the heat in the spice. It is considered as one of the hottest chili peppers in the whole wide world. Other ingredients found in the jerk are a variety of Caribbean spices.
Jerk is also considered as a cooking technique applied to several types of food. Most foods are protein such as chicken, pork, goat, beef, fish, and other kinds of meat. Both Jamaican jerk and seasoning has definitely become very popular in the United States, as well as in Western Europe. Most of the Caribbean restaurants in Boston feature some jerk dish in their menus. Be sure to check them out soon.
The process of jerking is somewhat the same with barbecuing. It is often done over an open flame. In Jamaica, the finest jerk food is barbecued in a fire pit located underground. This Jamaican jerk spice is said to have African roots. Both spice and technique were perfected by the Africans that live in Boston. The Boston JerkFest pays homage to Boston, Jamaica, as the home of the real Jamaican jerk.
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