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95 DAYS TO THE EVENT
2ND ANNUAL RVA REGGAE JERK FEST
Saturday, July 11th 2020 Time: 12 pm to 9 pm *EVENT RAIN OR SHINE
Brown's Island, Richmond, VA 23219, USA

HEART OF DOWNTOWN

 

TICKET SALES
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Tickets can be purchased at the gate.  Acceptable forms of payment are cash or debit/credit cards.

Online Purchases: Adults $15

*Children 10 years and under $10

Infant - 2 years and under  $FREE

 

*Online purchases for children under 10 years of age will be verified at the gate.

 

At the gate: Adults $20

Children 10 years and under $10

Infant 2 year and under $FREE 

 
Mystic Vibrations- Ric

Music Lineup

Tuff Lion
Koolant Brown

HISTORY OF REGGAE MUSIC

Reggae has sprung up from humble beginnings, the music of the poor, the underclass, the marginalized and the underserved. Arising from the ghettos of Kingston, Jamaica, the “music of the heartbeat” could not be held down. It has emerged to be the world’s music.

So says the United Nations and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). Reggae has been placed as a “world cultural heritage”, worthy of preservation, protection and promotion. The music has had great social impact and positive vibrations all over the world. It speaks of LOVE, unity, justice and resistance (with the same strength), towards a more peaceful end. It appeals to all peoples. It has spanned the borders of race, culture and creed. It is unbounded. No wonder it has gained world-wide acclaim as the world’s music.

RVA Reggae Jerk Fest is here to celebrate Reggae Music in its idyllic form of “Roots Reggae”. It salutes the founding greats of this genre as brought forth by Toots, Denis Brown, Joe Higgs, Burning Spear, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley and a host of important musicians too long to mention. RVA Reggae Jerk Fest salutes the development and evolution of Jamaican music through Ska, Rock Steady and eventually Reggae. We will continue the tradition of “Roots Reggae” in Richmond for many years to come as we carve out a space for Reggae music in Richmond’s yearly cultural calendar.

Mighty Joshua
Adwela and the Uprising
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Local Chefs

TEN (10) OF THE BEST “JERKERS” ON THE EAST COAST

JERK IN STYLES AND FLAVORS THAT YOU HAD NOT IMAGINED

THOUGHT ONLY MEAT CAN BE JERKED. 

 HOW ABOUT JERK VEGETABLES?

COME TRY THE JERK VEGGIES

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Interested Vendors  should complete the application and make sure that the Vendor Requirements are understood and can be adhered to.  Vendors will need to send the COMPLETED application back to rvareggaefest@gmail.com.  Once the applications are received, they will be reviewed and a decision will be made and the Vendors will be notified.

VENDING REQUIREMENTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Good to Know

RVA REGGAE JERK FEST- VENDOR APPLICATION

Important Info

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Local Love

WE CELEBRATE THE DIVERSE COMMUNITY OF RICHMOND.  PEOPLE FROM ALL RACES AND CULTURES COMING TO CELEBRATE THE ONENESS OF HUMANITY.  WE HAVE MORE SIMILARITIES THAN DIFFERENCES, BUT WE DO CELEBRATE AND WELCOME THE DIFFERENCES.  LET’S TAKE TIME TO INVESTIGATE, LEARN ABOUT AND APPRECIATE EACH OTHER.  REGGAE, ORIGINATING IN THE TOUGH NEIGHBORHOODS OF KINGSTON JAMAICA, HAS ALWAYS CARRIED THE MESSAGE OF PEACE AND LOVE.  ONLY BY ADOPTING THESE PRINCIPLES CAN HUMANITY BE SAVED FROM A PRECIPITOUS END. REGGAE BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER. THE UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION (UNESCO), HAS DESIGNATED REGGAE MUSIC AS AN "INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF HUMANITY." REGGAE MUSIC IS LOVE THAT THE WORLD CAN ENJOY.

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JERK CUISINE

Jerk is the Jamaican style of cooking that has gained great popularity for the high degree of spices that tantalizes and stimulates the taste buds with a variety and combination that creates its own unique flavors.

The origins of the cuisine are not totally clear but many attribute its development to the Africans who came to Jamaica with their own unique foods and methods of cooking. It is mingled with the cuisine of the native Arawaks and Tianos, the original inhabitants of the island. This combined with the natural Jamaican way of “trying a ting and seeing how it works” has released a creativeness in food presentation that is totally Jamaican. Scotch Bonnet peppers and allspice are the basis of the spices. Marinated and then a slow cooked, allowing the taste to spring from every morsel.

RVA Reggae Jerk Fest brings together the best “Jerkers” along the east coast of the United States. They endeavor to go beyond the limits of the favorite meats (that are usually jerked) and include some real innovations. Have you had jerk lobster, shrimp or even rabbit? Well come along and be a part of RVA Reggae Jerk Fest. You could have all that a palate would be willing to taste and more.