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A tropical staycation in the heart of Old Strathcona

Cocktails and Jerk Festival brings flavourful foods, music for your soul, and 'up-full' vibrations to Old Strathcona this weekend.
Cocktails and Jerk Festival a wildly fun celebration of the Caribbean, this weekend in Old Strathcona. Photo supplied.

Albertans are invited to indulge in the vibrant culture of the Caribbean with foods, exotic cocktails, music and dance at the 3rd Annual Cocktails and Jerk Festival, September 1-3, 2023, at Dr. Wilbert McIntyre (Gazebo) Park (8303 104 Street) in the heart of Old Strathcona.

The festival promises an electrifying mix of musical genres pulsating with Caribbean energy and Afro rhythms. Renowned DJs, mesmerizing dancers, and world-class talents, including Grammy Award winner Jemere Morgan and the youngest Juno Award winner Kairo McLean will hit the stage, along with a slate of others. The family-friendly festival is for kids of all ages, with face painting, arts and crafts, and games on offer too. Festival producer Dewayne Taylor said the goal's event is to immerse the people of Alberta in Caribbean culture while showcasing musical talents, food vendors, and artisans.  

"The space adjacent to the Old Strathcona Farmer's Market is an ideal location, offering guests a variety of food vendors, entertainment, and an all-around fantastic time. Everyone can anticipate tantalizing food, positive vibes, wonderful company, and infectious rhythms," said Taylor. For a full listing of participating artists, food vendors, and Black-owned businesses, visit

The ticketed event runs Friday, 4- 11 p.m., and Saturday/Sunday starting at 11 a.m. An adult-only after party: Firelight Rooftop Fete, runs Sept. 3 from 8:00 pm - 1:30 am at the Pendennis Building on Jasper Ave. There's food, drink, music, dancing: Keep the party going, Edmonton!


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