5th Annual Charlotte International Jerk Festival Celebrates Food, Family, Culture

CHARLOTTE — It’s a celebration of food, family, and culture in Uptown Charlotte.

The 5th Annual Charlotte International Jerk Festival happened Saturday on West Trade Street.  There are dozens of vendors, live music, and of course, food trucks which are serving up some of the best Caribbean dishes.  There’s a vaccination area set up, and also free Covid-19 testing.

The event was postponed last year due to the Pandemic.

“It’s about the diversity of the food, and the diversity of the culture and the music,” says Vinroy Reid, organizer, and owner of Mama’s Caribbean.

“I put all the love in the food.  Any country they come from, they’ll know it’s mama’s,” says Mama Reid, Mama’s Caribbean.

Fans enjoyed live Go-Go and Reggae Music.