Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

9th Annual Florida Jerk Festival to Take Place in October

The festival features live reggae, soca, and Caribbean food representing the wide and diverse culinary flavors of the Caribbean, emphasizing Jerk-inspired dishes.

9th Annual Florida Jerk Festival to Take Place in October

The countdown is on for the return of the 9th annual Florida Jerk Festival, taking place on Sunday, October 23, 2022. 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 Cutty from the 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://cloud.broadwayworld.com/rec/ticketclick.cfm?fromlink=2197946®id=78&articlelink=https%3A%2F%2Ffloridajerkfestival.com%2F?utm_source=BWW2022&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=article&utm_content=bottombuybutton1



Voting Now Open For The 2022 BroadwayWorld Orlando Awards Photo
Voting is now open for the 2022 BroadwayWorld Orlando Awards! Nominations were reader-submitted and now our readers get to vote for their favorites.

Ballet Tessera Presents CLARAS CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE This Month Photo
Ballet Tessera, a new contemporary ballet company in Central Florida, is returning to the Dr. Phillips Center's Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater with their beloved holiday treasure Clara's Christmas Adventure,  a full-length production of the holiday classic The Nutcracker. Suspend disbelief as this holiday spectacle transports you to a dazzling winter wonderland with a snowfall on stage in this new production.

Central Florida Community Arts Presents A Trio Of Holiday Events Photo
Central Florida Community Arts will ring in the holiday season with three exciting Christmas shows. Members from multiple CFCArts programs will bring to life different fun-filled shows throughout December, including the organization's annual extravaganza Winter Wonderland, the jazz performance A Big Band Christmas, and a youth performance of Elf the Musical.

The Ensemble Company to Present A CHRISTMAS CAROL This Holiday Season Photo
The Ensemble Company, now in their fourth year in residence at Penguin Point Productions located within the Oviedo Mall, will conclude its season with a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’s perennial yuletide tale, A Christmas Carol. 


More Hot Stories For You


Ballet Tessera Presents CLARA'S CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE This MonthBallet Tessera Presents CLARA'S CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE This Month
December 1, 2022

Ballet Tessera, a new contemporary ballet company in Central Florida, is returning to the Dr. Phillips Center's Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater with their beloved holiday treasure Clara's Christmas Adventure,  a full-length production of the holiday classic The Nutcracker. Suspend disbelief as this holiday spectacle transports you to a dazzling winter wonderland with a snowfall on stage in this new production.

Individual Tickets For Donizetti's THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT On Sale This Friday!Individual Tickets For Donizetti's THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT On Sale This Friday!
November 29, 2022

Opera Orlando concludes its 2022-23 Opera on the MainStage series on a high note–well, nine high C's, to be exact. Sung in French with English dialogue and supertitles, Donizetti's The Daughter of the Regiment comes to Steinmetz Hall at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts this April with equal parts comedy and romance.

Central Florida Community Arts Presents A Trio Of Holiday EventsCentral Florida Community Arts Presents A Trio Of Holiday Events
November 28, 2022

Central Florida Community Arts will ring in the holiday season with three exciting Christmas shows. Members from multiple CFCArts programs will bring to life different fun-filled shows throughout December, including the organization's annual extravaganza Winter Wonderland, the jazz performance A Big Band Christmas, and a youth performance of Elf the Musical.

Opera Orlando's ALL IS CALM: THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914 Opens This Week At Polk TheatreOpera Orlando's ALL IS CALM: THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914 Opens This Week At Polk Theatre
November 28, 2022

The holidays have arrived and the troops are falling in line for the first stop on their tour of Opera Orlando's production of All is Calm: the Christmas Truce of 1914. In just four days, this beautifully moving and critically-acclaimed work will be presented on the historic Polk Theatre stage marking Opera Orlando's first production ever presented in Lakeland.

The Ensemble Company to Present A CHRISTMAS CAROL This Holiday SeasonThe Ensemble Company to Present A CHRISTMAS CAROL This Holiday Season
November 22, 2022

The Ensemble Company, now in their fourth year in residence at Penguin Point Productions located within the Oviedo Mall, will conclude its season with a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’s perennial yuletide tale, A Christmas Carol.