Taste of the Caribbean
& Jerk Festival
Saturday, August 2, 2014
1pm to 11pm
Mortensen Riverfront Plaza
About the Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival
In 2006, a vision was formulated to enhance the City of Hartford's revitalization efforts. A group of dedicated Caribbean leaders and the Caribbean American Young Adults Social and Civic Organization (CAYASCO), partnered with the Riverfront Recapture organization to present the first annual Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival.
The Festival showcases Caribbean foods, culture, music, travel destinations, merchandise and health information, and is representative of the English, Spanish and French Caribbean. Hartford and its surrounding areas is home to a thriving and vibrant Caribbean population and this event reflects and exhibits what the various Caribbean cultures have to offer, from an wide array of scrumptious culinary delights to a broad range of live musical performances from Reggae, Soca, Salsa, Jazz, Calypso, Steel Band and Gospel. A Children's Village that includes a play bounce station, games, face painting, jewelry-making and much more, is also part of the festivities. Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival offers something for everyone.
All set in the back drop of Hartford's most pristine outdoor Riverfront Venue, attendees can expect top notch family-friendly and quality entertainment that Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival has built its reputation on. It is a signature event in Hartford.
Over the years, the diverse attendance at Hartford's Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival has grown to an average of over 15,000 patrons annually.