This past weekend VP Records hosted ‘A Taste of Jerk” the kick-off party for the upcoming Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival in New York. For those who don’t know the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival is the largest Caribbean food festival in the USA. This year will be the 6th year and the lineup of food and performances is amazing.
The kick off party, hosted at the VP Records retail store in Jamaica, Queens gave the people a small taste both literally and figuratively of what they could expect from the full festival. VP brought in some of the best vendors to offer food for the crowd and celebrity Chef Brandon Walker was on hand to meet with fans and taste some of this year’s contenders.
After the food was eaten it was time for the music. VP’s regular DJs were on had and spinning along with a live feed from Irie Jam Radio. In regular VP fashion the music was amazing and the celebrity guests began dropping in immediately. The first person on the scene was Romain Virgo who had come straight from the airport. Romain Virgo was playing later that night at BB Kings in NYC and gave the fans a little taste with a few minutes on the mic.
Following Romain, Dexta Daps hit the scene and gave the ladies a thrill. He also got on the mic and spit a few bars. Dexta was performing later that week in NYC. After Dexta finished it was time for the main event. Artist Ikaya took the stage and sang a few of her new singles as well as mingled with the crowd and posed for photos with fans.
After Ikaya finished Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons came in. Bunji and Fay Ann answered questions from the DJs and Bunji spit a few bars of freestyle for the crowd over various types of beats, while Fay Ann sang a few lines of her single. All three will be at the performing at the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival.
The day ended with a fashion show of the Riddim Driven clothing line and a live performance by Chanelle Gray who will be performing at the culture stage for the festival. This day was just a taste of what will be at the festival and it was so much fun. For more information on the festival or advanced tickets to the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival NY check out www.jerkfestivalNY.com.