For those who are unfamiliar with the term, "jerk" is a spicy Caribbean dry-rub barbeque (in simplest terms).
Connecticut has the sixth largest non-Hispanic West Indian population in the U.S., with 87,149 immigrants reported in the 2010 Census.
A 2013 Census report estimates that Waterbury has 3,304 non-Hispanic immigrants from the West Indies, with 2,185 of those people coming from Jamaica.
The festival included food trucks and food tents, with barbeques grilling up a variety of good food.
|Southern Bell Soul Food & Catering Truck: |
not quite as far south as the West Indies, but still delicious.
|Turkey Hut food truck: jerk turkey sandwiches, fried fish, popcorn chicken, and more.|
|Jerk chicken on the grill at Bertie's tent. If you missed the festival, you can still get Caribbean food any time at Bertie's West Indian & American Restaurant on North Main Street.|
|Jamaican jerk pork, jerk chicken, curry chicken, stew chicken, and rice & peas.|
|Magic show for the kids.|
|When the DJ took the stage, everyone started dancing. Live bands performed too.|
|South End Cheerleaders dancing to the Cha Cha Slide.|
In addition to food and music, there were vendors with a variety of clothing, jewelry, CDs, and other items.
|There was light rain pretty much all day, but it stayed fairly dry under the trees.|