Having recently returned from vacation on the beautiful island of Jamaica if you asked me what I miss most I would have to say the beautiful beaches, the friendly smiles, and the incredible live music. However, if you asked my stomach it would say the deliciously hot jerk chicken I had daily for lunch. You can imagine my delight when I discovered that there is a yearly Etobicoke festival celebrating jerk chicken right in my back yard at Centennial Park, Jerk Festival!
Jerk Festival 2019, or JerkFest for short, takes place Friday August 9th to Sunday August 11th at Centennial Park and it is the perfect event for August as it takes place the following weekend after Caribbean Carnival. So visitors and family members who are staying a bit longer may want to continue the festivities and come to JerkFest. This is the 18th anniversary for the Jerk Festival and each year the attendance, as well as the entertainment value, keeps rising! Ticket prices vary but you can save money by purchasing in advance.
For jerk lovers, or food lovers in general, the Jerk Festival will offer up so many delicious dishes that you’ll wish you had room to sample it all. Chicken, pork, beef, lamb, seafood, vegetables. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. For those talented cooks who think their jerk chicken can compete with the very best out there, you may want to enter the “so you think you can jerk” competition. Enter today by visiting the website!
There is also a VIP Garden where patrons can enjoy all you can eat jerk burgers, chicken drumsticks, and non-alcoholic drinks. You can also interact with the artists who will be conducting a meet and greet. See website for ticket prices.
As for entertainment, JerkFest has events occurring non-stop over the weekend. Reggae artists, soca singers, reggae bands, drummers, jerk chicken eating competition, cooking competition, and lots more! The Kidz Zone remains a major attraction for families, especially the children. These young ones enjoy the face painting, balloon characters, inflatable rides, rock climbing, midway rides and so much more. You will want to stay the entire weekend!
So if you’re in Toronto on the August 9th weekend be sure to visit Centennial Park in Etobicoke for the Annual Jerk Festival. Your stomach will thank you.
Jerk Festival: Where and When in Etobicoke…
|256 Centennial Park Road Etobicoke, ON M9C 5N3
|Friday August 9 2019 5pm – 10pm, Saturday August 10, 2019 11am – 10pm, Sunday August 12, 2019 11am – 10pm