One of the newest Festivals on the South Coast, Jerk Jam (Originally Jerk Off) is now in its third year and only getting better. Taking place on 22nd July in Titchfield, Fareham, this unique one-day family event caters for those with a love of hot a spicy BBQ chow.
The tradition and the reason Jerk Jam is creeping onto the Festival scene is down to a handful of competitive friends. After many years attending Notting Hill’s iconic carnival weekend, they decided to host a F&F Caribbean BBQ. Year after year it grew in scale until it could no longer be contained within the confines of a mere backyard. That’s when the HoundHill Farm venue was found and the mighty Jerk Jam (Off) was born.
The Festivals quintessential element is the BBQ cooking tournament that takes place in a boxing ring! Oven gloves on and Chicken Legs out, Chefs attempt to create the best Caribbean nosh to beat their BBQ’ing counterparts and be crowned king of the steel grill, so there’ll be plenty to fill them hungry bellies.
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Musically the Festival has some incredible pedigree with the likes of Dawn Penn, Black Slate, General Levy, Norman Jay MBE, The Fyah Keepers, Mark Broom all gracing the stages. The jam will again have three live music stages to choose from for 2017;
The Jamonji live stage; featuring a blend of Reggae, Soul and Funk bands
The Vault; an outdoor night club hosting great DJs until the early hours
The Open Arms; a platform for the best in Folk, Bluegrass and Hill Billy funk
This year’s lineup is nothing short of a statement to showcase the vast growth of the Festival, the biggest yet. Musical legends Aswad, Kevin Rowland, Ratpack, DJ Luck and McNeat, and Nicky Blackmarket, will be joined with an eclectic mix of new and established local bands and talent including Southampton vinyl spinners Soul 45. Organisers say that with an amazing sound and lighting crew alongside resident artists, this year promises to be a real treat for the senses.
Camping is independently run and available in the field opposite the festival, and separated off for parents with kids. This is charged at £5 per tent, on top of the festival ticket, cheap in comparison to other festival charges.
As well as bars, food, and world class music, family unity is at the heart of the Jerk Jam ethos. The festival provides arts, crafts and kid’s entertainment throughout the day, including fairground rides, bouncy castles, a rodeo bull, face painting by renowned body artists, interactive graffiti walls, games, magicians, a Punch and Judy show, and a whole lot more, all available for FREE.
With the above in mind, this year’s event is going to be something worth experiencing. Tickets for the rapidly growing jamboree are a steal at £25 post and £30 on the door, should latter have availability. For more information, please visit: http://www.jerkjam.co.uk
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