Hurley’s Entertainment hosts first Jerk Fest

Many people gathered on Saturday, 15 August at The Brick House in Grand Harbour to taste the assortment of jerk creations created by vendors entering the inaugural Jerk Fest event.


Winner Steve Smith. Photo: Submitted

The event, created and hosted by Z99 and Rooster 101, saw seven jerk vendors trying their hand at competing, including local restaurants and businesses as well as some regular backyard barbecue jerk enthusiasts.

Rounding out the entertainment were the Caribbean rhythms of local reggae band Love Culture and the Cayman Islands surf team, who put on an all-day show.

In third place for the jerk competition was a tie between The Brick House and Coconut Joe’s, while second Place went to Micton Bedasse of Kingston Hot. The first place was awarded to Steve Smith from the UK.

‘I really enjoy cooking jerk chicken on the weekend for my mates, and one of them suggested I enter,’ said Mr. Smith. ‘My cooking partner Nick and I will definitely be back next year to defend our title.’

The entire proceeds from Jerk Fest, $1,800, went to The National Council of Voluntary Organisations.

Z99 and Rooster 101 congratulated Seymour’s, Captain’s Bakery, Coconut Joe’s, the chefs from The Brick House, Kingston Hot, and Steve Smith for their help in the event.

John Alban, representative for the National Council of Voluntary Organisations, was pleased about the turnout. ‘I knew when there was a line up for sample cards that we were in for a sensational day,’ Mr. Alban said.