Boston JerkFest & Rum Tasting


  • Boston Jerkfest 41 Berkeley Street Boston, MA, 02116 United States

Spice up your weekend at the Boston JerkFest


Jamaican jerk spice is a complex hot and spicy seasoning that is either wet or dry and used as a rub to marinate and cook various types of proteins. Jamaican Scotch Bonnet Pepper, its main ingredient responsible for the heat in the spice, is one of the hottest chili peppers in the world. Other ingredients include allspice and a variety of Caribbean spices. Jerk is also a cooking technique applied to many different types of food, mostly proteins, including chicken, pork, goat, beef ribs, fish, shellfish, tofu, and others. Jamaican jerk seasoning and cooking has become very popular in the US and Western Europe. The majority of Caribbean Restaurants in Boston feature some type of jerk dish on their menus.

The process of jerking is similar to barbecuing and is often done over an open flame. In Jamaica, the best jerk food is barbecued in a fire pit underground. Jamaican jerk spice is said to have African roots. The spice and technique was perfected by Africans who settled in Portland, where the town of Boston in the Parish of Portland, Jamaica, where today, an annual festival celebrates authentic jerk. The Boston Jerkfest™ will pay homage to Boston, Jamaica, the home of real Jamaican jerk!

The Rum & Brew Tasting @ Boston JerkFest will take place on Friday, June 24, 2016 , 6:00-9:30pm at the same location.  This 21+ event  features live music and unlimited tastings of rum, local craft beer and a variety of Caribbean themed libations.

2016 Highlights:

  • 2-day festival

  • Every restaurant vendor will offer at least one jerk dish!

  • Chef demos, including a Seafood Throwdown and Jerk Cook-off.

  • Cocktail Demos featuring vendors who will stir up the best “Irie” drinks

  • Cocktail Throwdown for Boston’s Best Caribbean Cocktail

  • Jamming live music to get your “Irie” on.

  • Spice Lane, with lots more hot stuff to keep you in the mood.

When: June 24 & 25, 2016

Tickets: Here