Shaggy to jerk 3rd annual food fest

Jamaican singer Shaggy performs on stage at the Avo Session in Basel, Switzerland.
AP Photo/KEYSTONE/ Georgios Kefalas, file

Jamaica’s Shaggy will add spice to the third annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival on July 21 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens.

Dancehall’s most “bombastic” reggae talent will liven the main stage with his chart-topping hits and introduce young, reggae sensation Christopher Martin to new audiences. Jamaica’s popular Fab 5 Band is also billed for the main stage with comedian Blakka Ellis, violin duo Sons of Mystro, gospel sensation George Banton and deejays from reggae radio stations.

Early in the day, activities will feature top chef, Mazie Miller offering creative cooking demonstrations and sampling. Actor and singer Leon will host the celebrity cook-off.

The cultural stage will feature Braata Folk Singers and Diane Dixon in traditional cultural presentations. A fashion show and the Brown Rice Family band are also added for a treat.

Along with a promise of “delivering on everything from delectable jerk foods and cultural presentations to high-energy entertainment and activities for the kids,” a fun-filled, family festival of flavorful foods, authentic culture and phenomenal entertainment are guaranteed to build on last year’s successful festival.

“We are working to ensure that patrons have the best possible experience at this year’s festival. From speedy admissions at the gate, seating and first class entertainment, this year’s festival experience will be out of this world,” Eddy Edwards, chairman of Jamaican Jerk Festival USA, Inc. said.

For more information, check www.jerkfestivalny.com or call 718-425-1177.

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