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Get ready for Boston's hottest festival! The 5th Annual Boston JerkFest is back for 2 days of fun in the sun this summer, June 23-24, 2017! This out-door/in-door, family-friendly, festival is a Caribbean foodie event that features Jamaican jerk hot spiced BBQ food. The festival is held in South End at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, 41 Berkeley Street, South End, Boston. View our video of the event to get a taste of what to expect below. A portion of the proceeds of this event supports Cambridge Carnival International.

The Rum & Brew Tasting is Friday, June 23, 2017, 6:30-9:30pm

General Admission: 6:30-9:30pm. VIP Admission: 6-9:30pm. 2-day passes available.

At this in-door/out-door event, enjoy unlimited tastings of rum, craft beer, hard cider, mead and other spirits and other artisan brews. Jerk food will be for sale by selected vendors. Event includes live music, DJ, cocktail demos, and Boston JerkFest Cocktail Throwdown competition. This event is for 21+ year old attendees only and you get the following included with your admission ticket:

  • Unlimited samplings of rum, other spirits, craft beer, hard cider, wine and artisan beverages
  • Cocktail Demos featuring cocktails from participating vendors stirring up the best “Irie” drinks
  • 2017 Caribbean Cocktail Throwdown with Boston’s top Mixologists competing for bragging rights and winner of the Boston’s best Caribbean Rum Cocktail.


VIP Admission to Boston JerkFest Rum & Brew Tasting, Friday, June 23, 2017, 6:00-9:30pm

Hate to wait in lines, want the total Caribbean experience? Try our limited VIP tickets so you can maximize your fun at Boston JerkFest. Here is what we are offering for VIP Tickets:

  • All benefits of a 2-day ticket pass with entry to Friday Rum & Brew Tasting and Session 1 or Session 2 at Saturday’s food festival, June 24th. ($65.00 value)
  • Exclusive JerkFest branded tasting glass ($6 value)
  • Exclusive ½ hour early access to Rum & Brew Tasting at 6:00pm to get an early start on our unlimited beverage tastings. ($ priceless value).
  • Fast lane VIP line for easy entry. ($ priceless value).
  • One complimentary food sampling ticket to be redeemed by any vendor at Rum & Brew event, Friday, June 23 ($8.00 value)
  • JerkFest VIP goodie bag ($20.00+ value)

Boston JerkFest Food Festival, Saturday, June 24, 2017

Two sessions: 11am-3pm and 4-8pm. 2-day passes available here. For Saturday only festival tickets, get your tickets at



Is food included with my ticket?

Food is NOT included with your general admission ticket. Food will be available for sale at reasonable prices for both days. Limited samples will be available at the discretion of the vendors. There will be more food vendor options on Saturday. VIP tickets include one meal ticket to be redeemed at any vendor on Friday night.

What vendors will be at Boston JerkFest this year?
A full list of vendors can be found on our website. We will update it as vendors are confirmed.

Is my registration ticket transferrable between sessions?
No, tickets are not transferrable from one session to another. You can change the name on the ticket.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
We encourage you to download Eventbrite App for fast check in! Our team will be scanning the QR code from your phone or ticket

What is the refund policy?
All tickets are non-refundable, but you can transfer to friends, You cannot transfer a ticket from one session to another.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
The Rum & Brew Tasting event on Friday, June 23, 2017 is a 21+ event with I.D. checked at the entrance. You also have to be 21+ to purchase alcohol on site. Boston JerkFest food festival on Saturday, June 24, 2017 is a family friendly event and we encourage that you bring your kids

Are kids free to attend?
No children allowed at the Rum & Brew Tasting

What are my transportation options getting to the event?
By the T: You can reach us via the Orange Line at the Back Bay Station or the Green line at the Arlington and Copley MBTA stops.

What are my parking options?
Parking garages within a 5-10 minute walk are listed below:

Stanhope Garage 60 E Berkeley St, Boston, MA (617) 338-7396
Pilgrim Parking 131 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA (617) 723-1488
Dartmouth Street Garage 126 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA (617) 266-9046

Are dogs allowed?
Due to the nature of the event, dogs are not allowed.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
The website is the best place to keep in touch with the latest information about Boston JerkFest at

Eat, Drink and Be Irie!

Connect with us!

Twitter: @bostonjerkfest
Facebook: @bostonjerkfest
Instagram: #bostonjerkfest
Hashtags: #bostonjerkfest, #2017BJFest, #rumandbrew


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