This year marks the fourteenth celebration of Caribbean-American Heritage Month and the 2nd Annual Chicago Jerk Festival wants to help Chicagoans and tourists alike come to celebrate the occasion at the festival. The creators of the fest wants guest to come and recognize the vibrant culture and patriotism of Caribbean Americans that continue to bolster our country and enrich our lives, through food and music. The festival provides a platform for the diaspora to pay tribute to the strong connections between the United States and the countries of the Caribbean and Africa.

Whether eating jerk food or listening to the music of the Carribean people, the 2nd Annual Chicago Jerk Festival will make you connect to the people and culture. There will be activities for everyone to enjoy. Whether eating jerk chicken, eating bun cake or bringing it children to the kid zone the goal is for guests to leave with a great  piece of memory of the festival and the culture, with hopes of returning to make more memories the following year as we celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage Month again.

Caribbean American Heritage Month was established out of the need to create and disseminate knowledge about the contributions of Caribbean immigrants to America, and to be, in short, the platform to open up a dialogue between Caribbean people and the American public. We hope you take time to learn and connect to the Caribbean culture and come the fest June 23rd at Washington Park.

Gate Open at 11am