The 2007 Reggae Jerk Jam festival promises lots of food, reggae and fun

ODESSA – The Reggae Jerk Jam festival is here once again!! On Saturday, October 27, 2007, from 11:00am – 9:00pm, all roads lead to the Bayanihan Arts & Events Center located at 14301 Nine Eagles Drive in Tampa.

” Reggae Jerk Jam” is an annual family festival that celebrates the authentic tastes and sounds of the Caribbean, while supporting a charitable cause.

The food emphasis will be on the world-recognized phenomenon of “Jamaican Jerk Cuisine”. Several vendors will be serving their own jerk specialties along with other forms of original Jamaican food dishes, while natural juices sodas, beer from the Caribbean, will also be on sale. Additionally, there will be Caribbean Arts & Craft items on sale.

There will be several live musical performances providing traditional Reggae to Latin reggae, Steel Pan reggae, as well as a popular DJ playing selections of the latest reggae music.

The live performances will feature the exciting and entertaining group, “Paris and the Birds of Paradise”, and the original and rich musical sounds of the roots-reggae band, “Tribal Style”, both from the Tampa Bay area.

The South Florida region will be well represented by the versatile and entertaining “Vision Band”, and the musical selections of Mark Swaby of the Illusions Disco coming in from “Truck Stop” in Pembroke Pines, spinning the best in Reggae music.

Amongst all this reggae music, will be a fashion extravaganza featuring the alluring models of “The Fashion Movement”, that will showcase the exquisite clothing of the internationally renowned “Cooyah” reggae wear brand, while the “JBJ” reggae dance group will be showing off the latest dance moves.

A Kidz Zone will be available for the young at heart. Dominoes and other games will be available for patrons to participate in. Patrons will have the opportunity to win prizes and there will be a raffle of 2 airline tickets to Jamaica courtesy of Air Jamaica and a motorbike donated by Rogue Amusements.

Part proceeds will be donated to the Caribbean American Medical Educational Organization, Cameo.

There is a $5 admission charge for everyone 5 years and older, with a $2 preferred venue-parking charge per vehicle.

This event is sponsored by LandShark Beer, St Petersburg Times, TBT, Color America, K. Joseph & Associates Inc., Cooyah, Guava Tours, The Fashion Movement, Orange Park Gallery Intl., and Air Jamaica.

Additional support is provided by Jamaica Tourist Board, Suncoast News, Sweetbay Supermarket, WMNF and Best Bay Vibes.

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