New Name & Place for the Portland Jerk Festival 2014
If you've been waiting... and waiting... and waiting... to find out about the Portland Jerk Festival which would normally take place on the first Sunday in July, we finally have an answer!
The festival's new name is Boston Jerk & Music Festival and the Tropical Lagoon Resort is the new title sponsor. Not only that, but the festival has moved from its location at Folly Oval near Port Antonio, where it has been since 2007, back to its original home in Boston Bay, Portland!
This year's festival will be on Sunday, July 6, 2014, at the Boston Play Field. Gates will open at 10:00 AM. Admission prices are: Adults J$800, Children J$200. After 4pm - J$1,000.
The first Boston Jerk Festival was held in 2000 and became an instant hit with patrons across Jamaica. However, in 2007, organizers, saying the festival had "outgrown" Boston, moved the event to the Folly Great House in Port Antonio. The event also changed names to become known as The Portland Jerk Festival.
I was at Folly Oval last July for the Portland Jerk Festival. We enjoyed some delicious jerk pork and chicken, and friends thought the jerk lobster was great, but the weather was SO DAMN HOT. Don't forget your sunscreen, and hydrate yourself while you eat!
Check out the Facebook Event Page.
If you need a place to stay for the weekend, there are plenty of hotels in Portland Jamaica, as well as guesthouses, B&Bs, villas, etc in all price ranges. Great Huts in Boston is offering some great rates for locals and visitors. Check out their Facebook page for details.
Located on the northeast coast of Jamaica and home to the Blue Mountains, the beautiful Blue Lagoon, the most beautiful beach in Jamaica (Frenchman's Cove), and rafting on the Rio Grande River, this part of island is a must see. And you can catch the Boston Jerk Festival while you're at it!