Jamaica Festival Set for July

NEW YORK -- Jamaica Spice, a festival celebrating the island's history, is scheduled for July 25 and 26 at UDC/Jamaica Grande Park in Ocho Rios.

Jamaica Spice will link the culture of Jamaica under the central theme of food, according to the Jamaica Tourist Board and the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission.

Traditional Jamaican favorites will be served, including jerk pork, fish and bammy, jackass corn and more. A book signing with Jamaican culinary writers and a professional cooking competition also are scheduled.

Dance, music and displays of food art as well as children's activities are on tap. The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission is planning a gala dinner for a later date. The festival gates will open each day at 10 a.m. Admission is $3. Shuttle service will be provided.

The Jamaica Tourist Board can be reached at (212) 856-9727.

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