The Grace Jamaican Jerk festival at Markham Park in Sunrise brought what had to be tens of thousands of jerk fans together for an entire day of good eating and soulful music.
After navigating a snaking line of cars that seemed to go on forever, the lines to enter the festival moved smoothly. Festivalgoers were treated to goody bags that were quickly filled with giveaways from local companies as they made their way to the food vendors.
Guided by the scent of meat cooking, we found dozens of jerk stands selling jerk chicken, fried lobster, escovitch fish, festival, and fried breadfruit. Red Stripe was offered at the Reggae Bar.
As the sun set, the music got hotter as families and friends camped out in lawn chairs to listen to soca and reggae, a Red Stripe or fresh fruit juice in hand.