Plan Your Visit

Admission to Taste of The Caribbean & Jerk Festival is FREE! Let us help you make sure you are Taste Festival Ready!


Admission to Taste of The Caribbean & Jerk Festival is FREE! Food can be purchased from the local participating restaurants… Beer, Wine, and Soda can be purchased at one of the Riverfront’s beverage Booths, in the Upper and lower plaza areas! Local cultural vendors, Health Village, Children’s village and information booths are normally located on the upper plaza. Jerk Stations with open grill on the lower level.

The Entertainment is provided simultaneously all day long at one of our 3 stage areas. Please see schedules for artists and times.

We encourage you to bring a blanket to spread on the lawn; although some seating is available. Sunscreen, Visors and comfortable shoes are a must.

Explore the Plan your visit section below for more detailed information about how to get to the event, where to stay, as well as festival maps!


Plan your visit!

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Festival Map

FESTIVAL MAP - TASTE OF THE Caribbean Jerk Festival Hartford CT - Riverfront Mortenson Hartford, CT overview

Our festival map provides a complete view of The Taste of The Caribbean & Jerk Festival Stages and vendors. You can plan your visit in advance by pulling up this map to our festival. It will give you an idea of which Vendors are located on the Upper and lower plaza, as well as the location of our two main stages for your favorite entertainment.

The layout is subject to change due to weather and the Connecticut River’s water levels.
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Festival Events

Our festival comes alive at 11:00 a.m. this year! Held at the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, events are on-going all day long.  We welcome your attendance; enjoy the following:


  • Food and cultural item vendors
  • Children’s Village
  • Entertainment – Main Stage
  • Entertainment – Plaza Stage
  • Health Pavilion
  • Tourist Plaza

Get Directions

Click on the interactive map that connects with Google Maps to find us easily, whether you are driving, walking, or utilizing public transport ( . We are easy to locate in the downtown Hartford, Connecticut area.

Find Parking

You can park free on-street at legally approved areas on the weekends. However, if there are no more open spots; you can take advantage of the various garages close by (we will post any discounts available closer to the festival date).


Find a Place to Stay

Click here to get a special discount at The Holiday Inn for supporters of The Taste of The Caribbean (Weekend of August 6th)


Holiday Inn Special rate$109 per night 

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Festival Location & Host

Mortensen Riverfront Plaza

300 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT, USA
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(860) 595-2984

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Taste Of The Caribbean & Jerk Festival
P.O. Box 1604
Hartford, CT 06144-1604

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