New venue, new vibes!  That was this past year’s theme at the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, held on November 10th. The Caribbean foodie paradise certainly sustained its festival flair at the Miramar Regional Park Amphitheater, where nearly 10,000 patrons turned out to enjoy the pulsating sound of reggae music, cultural attractions and succulent jerk dishes. We take a moment to look back at the event’s highlights, from cooking showdowns to fiery musical performances.

Sweet Victory

Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam (2nd R) is all smiles as he claims victory at the Publix Cooking Competition over competitor Cat Coore of Inner Circle (far R), while experts (L-R) Chef Danny Peñalo Dominguez, host Hugh “Chef Irie” Sinclair and Chef Robinson E. Joseph are all smiles.
Photo: RJ Deed

Family Affair

Families of jerk fans young, and young at heart, travel from near and far to attend the festival.  Oh and cheese, we gotcha!
Photo: David I. Muir

Tasty Bites

Never knew a Grace Jamaican Style Patty could taste so good, as this patron proves diving into the festival’s delicious bites.
Photo: David I. Muir


These stylish folks including (L-R) Caroline Rucker, decorator Ellen Woods, Albert Tucker of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Eddy Edwards, CEO of Jamaican Jerk Festival USA, Inc, keep cool and collected under the exclusive VIP tent.
Photo: David I. Muir


DJ Delano of Renaissance (R) and DJ Wizard (L) keep attendees on their feet with the hypnotic sounds of Caribbean music.
Photo: David I. Muir

Crowd Appeal

The crowd of thousands cheer along the night’s performances under cover of the Miramar Amphitheater.
Photo: David I. Muir

Patty Champion

The Grace Jamaican Style Patty Eating Contest winner claims his $500 prize and official bragging rights on stage, after downing X# of the delicious meat pies.
Photo: David I. Muir

Caribbean Crooner

Chris Martin thrills the crowd with his enchanting voice and a high energy performance of hits like “Cheaters Prayer” and “I’m a Big Deal.” Photo
Photo: David I. Muir

Food History

Patrons are invited to explore the fascinating artifacts on display at the Caribbean Culinary Museum pop-up exhibition. Photo: RJ Deed

A Cut Above

This stunning model struts her stuff in a prismatic, African-inspired dress at the fashion show by Covered by Grace African Designs, from designer Cholla Williamson. Photo: RJ Deed

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