In all the years that Stuart Wilson has been part of the Caribbean American Association of Lake County’s annual Clermont Caribbean Jerk Festival, he certainly has seen his share of amazing entertainment. But when it comes to matching what Central Florida residents will see at this upcoming festival, nothing, he says, comes even close.
“With the lineup we have, this promises to be the very best entertainment the Festival has ever had,” said Wilson, the new president of the Clermont-based CAALC.
This year’s event – held Saturday, May 19, from 12-10 p.m. at Clermont Waterfront Park – showcases Caribbean cultures and foods from the diverse countries of the Caribbean. It is CAALC’s major annual fundraiser, with hopes of raising monies to provide college scholarships for the young people in our community.
The day’s festivities feature Reggae music from Musical Seduction Band and Jeffrey Mykals, steel band music from the Lake Steel Orchestra, and calypso, soca, and chutney music from Terry Gajraj. Gospel performances will be from Plena Pal Cielo and Joan Myers. Jamaican-born internationally-recognized stage-and-screen star Tory Wynter will also perform, as will Sammy the Magician and the Swamp Brothers.
There will be also be DJs, a fun zone for kids, domino games, pony rides, vendors, the “Parade of Islands,” face painting, inflatables, and, of course, the event’s famous jerk cook-off competition, where food vendors compete to showcase their best foods prepared in the jerk/Jamaican style of cooking.
Admission is only $10 for adults; $5 children ages 6-to-14; children 5-under admitted free. Visit www.CAALC.org, phone 352-978-0813, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Caribbean American Association of Lake County is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.