Here’s another fest to add to your list during Carnival season: The Marley Gras Jerk Chicken Festival will have plenty of jerk chicken to go along with reggae, bounce and brass band music at Central City BBQ on Feb. 9.
Marley Gras Jerk Chicken Festival is a funky fusion of Jamaican musical and culinary traditions with the rich culture of New Orleans Carnival. Marley Gras celebrates both cultures in a way that only the Crescent City can, seamlessly blending reggae with brass and bounce, jerk chicken with Ya-ka-mein and gumbo, and handmade arts and crafts from New Orleans and Jamaica.
The entertainment lineup features 20 musical acts on two stages, including Robin Barnes, DJ Raj Smoove, DJ Jubilee and a second-line with Mardi Gras Indians.
Nearly 20 food vendors will serve up delicious, creative renditions of jerk chicken and other Caribbean and New Orleans style dishes, including Boswell’s Jamaican Grill, 14 Parishes Jamaican Grill, Central City BBQ and Ms. Linda the Yakamein Lady.
The festival will also host New Orleans’ only Scotch Bonnet pepper eating contest and Jerk Chicken Cook-Off Competition with celebrity guest judges.
The festival will be held on Central City BBQ’s, 1201 S. Rampart Street, indoor/outdoor grounds from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tickets are $20 before 3 p.m. on the day of the event in advance online or cash only. The price increases to $25 after 3 p.m. Children tickets are $5.
For more information or presale tickets, the Marley Gras Jerk Chicken Festival’s website.