The organizing committee of the Pepsi Portland Jerk Festival has announced that the event has expanded to a three-day weekend for the ninth staging of the event this year. Known as Jamaica’s largest food festival, the 2008 Pepsi Portland Jerk Festival takes place from July 4 to 6. The Festival opens on Friday July 4 with the official opening at the Boston Playing Field and a Children’s Fun Day from 12noon to 6:00pm. Boston is known as the home of Jerk and the Boston Playing Field was the venue for the first year of the Festival in 2000. On Saturday evening, there will be a retro-costume party “Flavors of Dancehall. A Trip Down Memory Lane” at Boston Beach. John Holt will perform and Coppershot will play indigenous music though the ages.
Frenchman’s Cove will be the venue for an all-inclusive beach party on Saturday, July 5th. Patrons can spend Saturday afternoon with good friends, delicious food and great music.
They will be treated to some of the best cuisine from Portland’s leading hotels and chefs and rock to the rhythms of Renaissance Disco and the party vibes of DJ Kurt Riley.
The highlight of the weekend festival will be the “Big Show” Pepsi Portland Jerk Festival at the picturesque Folly grounds. From 10:00am to 10:00pm patrons will enjoy a day filled with great food, fun and entertainment for the entire family. This year the event will again feature more than 25 stalls showcasing the best jerked foods available on the island. In addition, there will be the Kids Village, art and craft booths, a cultural village and a stage show featuring some of Jamaica’s most popular bands and entertainers. Performers will include Byron Lee and the Dragonnaires, Beenie Man, Sanchez, Christopher Martin, Noddy Virtue, D’Angel, Peter Lloyd, Stitchie, Sanchez and many of Portland’s best talent.