Boston JerkFest: Summer and spice and everything nice

By: - Sunday, Jun 29, 2014 - 2:24pm

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The Boston Calendar team stopped by yesterday’s Boston JerkFest Caribbean festival on assignment for

Boston’s ties to Jamaica go back lot further back than the Fenway fans who serenaded right fielder Shane Victorino with Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” before every at-bat last fall.

Some historians believe the neighborhood of Jamaica Plain was named after the rum distilled here from Jamaican cane sugar, and the island’s signature jerk seasoning traces its roots to the beach-side pork and chicken stands that sprung up after trade with the Boston Fruit Company sparked an economic boom on Jamaica’s north coast.

So it’s no surprise that the second annual Boston JerkFest brought a diverse crowd to the Franklin Institute of Technology campus to celebrate all things Caribbean, with two sessions featuring food and cocktail demonstrations, spice and craft vendors, live music, and more.

Read the full story: Food, Drinks, and More at the 2nd Annual Boston JerkFest