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Florida Jerk Festival coming to Apopka


The countdown is on for the return of the 9th annual Florida Jerk Festival, taking place on Sunday, October 23, 2022.

The Apopka Amphitheater will be the backdrop of one of Central Florida's most anticipated outdoor food, music, and cultural festivals. Organizers are running full-speed ahead with planning efforts to make this one of the biggest celebrations of National Jerk Day. 

This one-of-a-kind festival takes place from 2 pm-10 pm. It features live reggae, soca, and Caribbean food representing the wide and diverse culinary flavors of the Caribbean, emphasizing Jerk-inspired dishes. The vibes on the stage will be powered by MC Wally British and musically by Dj Agony and Interceptor. 

Leaning into their commitment to community and philanthropy, the Florida Jerk Festival will donate US$1 from every ticket sold for the festival to the JaMIN Music Entrepreneurship, which Jamaica's Consul General for Southern USA, Oliver Mair, facilitated. Tickets for the Florida Jerk Festival start at $45, and parking is free.

"The Florida Jerk Festival has always been about bringing our community together to share food and good times while celebrating the city we love," said Damian Tater, Founder of the Florida Jerk Festival. "The festival is an opportunity for us to join our neighbors from the city of Apopka and the surrounding community and show our support for our local restaurants and community.

Live performances for the day by Veteran Jamaican Dancehall artist Spragga Benz, Inner Circle (the Bad Boys of Reggae), and Soca Heavyweight, Pumpa, with special guest Dancehall DJs Tony Matterhorn and Coppershot Sound System.

The efforts of Consul General Mair have brought the Jamaica Stock Exchange's subsidiary, the Jamaica Social Stock Exchange (JSSE), into a collaboration with the annual Florida Jerk Festival. Dr. Henley Morgan, social entrepreneur and Founder of nor, who also happens to be his former Tutor, shared with Mr. Tater the JaMIN Music Entrepreneurship proposal, which requires JMD$6M in funding through the Jamaica Social Stock Exchange (JSSE). 

"I am happy to facilitate this partnership. I consider myself to be a strong advocate for reggae music. I believe this project will go a long way in improving the opportunities for young and upcoming artists to get additional support in the JaMIN studio". The program provides training to marginalized young men and women in Music Entrepreneurship to give them hope and a career path in the music industry," stated Consulate General Mair.

Foodies looking to sharpen their culinary skills will be treated to the Jerk Cook-Off, which features the best chefs from Central Florida and its environs, competing for the Florida Jerk Festival Cook-Off trophy, prizes from sponsors, and bragging rights. The newly curated exclusive Vip and Cabana section offers patrons a top-notch and unforgettable experience. In addition, Duke and Dame Salted Whisky will treat the adult attendees to whisky samples and mixology presentations throughout the day.

All patrons get complimentary jerk food samples, and adults will get complimentary Duke and Dame Salted Whiskey samples as they enter the festival. 

The festival also features an array of arts and crafts artisans and vendors.

For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit:https://floridajerkfestival.com/

Florida Jerk Festival, National Jerk Day, Apopka, Apopka Amphitheater, Central Florida


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  • MamaMia

    Should be a great success, as there are lots and lots of jerks here in Apopka! LOL

    Thursday, September 22, 2022 Report this

  • MamaMia

    Finished reading a good book tonight called The Prince of Paradise. It is about the very gruesome murders of the Fountainebleau Hotel founder's son, Ben Novack Jr., and also his mother, Bernice Novak, for their rich well off wealth, and for other reasons too. The famous hotel in Miami Beach. Ben's wife was sentenced to life in prison with no parole, for ordering hits on them. Her brother too, as well, as the hit men. Here is what is really interesting.....Ben's wife is now in a Florida prison near Tallahassee, and is now a great prison buddy to Gislaine Maxwell, who has been moved to Florida, of the Jeremy Epstein fame. Birds of a feather.....just saying.

    Thursday, September 22, 2022 Report this

  • MamaMia

    I saw that giant monitor lizard climbing up the window of a home, and then falling. Apopka News Break said it was in Apopka. OMG! That video is one of my worst nightmares. Wish they would have said where in Apopka, and if they called out a trapper. Those things scare me to death!

    Thursday, September 22, 2022 Report this

  • MamaMia

    Sorry I got some names spelled wrong in my comments. Should have been Jeffrey Epstein, not Jeremy, and Ghislaine, not Gislaine, plus Bernice Novack, not Novak.

    Friday, September 23, 2022 Report this