BRATTLEBORO >> "Eat, Drink and Be Irie" at Vermont JerkFest, Vermont's 2nd annual jerk food festival on Aug. 5 and 6.

Celebrating food, culture and all things spicy and hot, this Caribbean-style foodie festival features local Jamaican jerk hot-spiced food and entertainment for the whole family. Vermont JerkFest is bringing the heat to Brattleboro's cool mountains. This year's festival will feature international Reggae artist Everton Blender, a traditional roots-reggae artist, songwriter, composer and producer. Other featured artists include Teflon, and Crucial Fiya Reggae Band, as well as local and regional bands.

Vermont JerkFest features local reggae bands, Caribbean chefs, authentic Caribbean, jerk-style meals, and international and local spicy foods. There will also be specialty foods such as spicy jams, hot sauces, Caribbean-themed desserts, and traditional, homemade Caribbean drinks for sale. Of course, we can't have a Caribbean food festival without coconuts, so there will be plenty on hand for sale.

"We are thrilled that the Festival has moved to Brattleboro. It's a perfect place for the intersection of art, food and culture. We're looking forward to a spicy weekend," said Orly Munzing, Executive Director of Strolling of the Heifers, a Festival community partner and sponsor.


On Aug. 5, from 7 to p.m., the JerkFest will feature rum and brew tasting at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden on Main Street. On Aug. 6, the JerkFest features a food festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Vermont Agricultural and Business Education Center, 40 University Way/

Advance tickets for the JerkFest on Saturday can be purchased at for $20; $25 at the door, $5 for children between 5 and 12, and children under five are free. The Friday night tasting is $50 in advance and is closed to those younger than 21; food is included.

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