Jamaican Jerk Cook Off 2016



On Memorial Day Monday May 30, the annual Jamaican Jerk Cook Off invites eight teams to square off with their unique version of jerk to impress attendees. Entertainment includes live music and a live Sepak Takraw tournament, MC ~ Greg Bridges of KCSM, steel pan music, awesome feat of athleticism in a combination of soccer, volleyball, acrobatics, and martial arts delivered by members of the Men’s USA National Sepak Takraw team. While the grown-ups enjoy a visit to the Rum Shack or grab a craft beer, the kids get to hang at the Kids zone which will offer opportunities to play the beautiful game with MYS coaches and Teen Mentors.

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
The money raised from the event will allow My Yute Soccer to continue on their mission. Since 2008, My Yute Soccer has provided a one-week soccer camp each summer to 70 children at Oakland Technical High School, at no cost to parents or participants. It has since grown to offer additional camps each year along with a Teen Mentor program.

Q Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
People just love the event and keep coming back year after year to experience the great vibe, incredible food and all-round high spirited atmosphere.

Q What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
Community! Oakland youth are dear to our hearts and what better place to hold the event than right at the heart of the Oakland, on Broadway.

Q Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
Yes! We could not do this without the generosity of our partners. Drake’s Dealership www.drinkdrakes.com/visit/dealership is sponsoring the event and we have amazing Chef partners that volunteer their time from: Chop Bar www.oaklandchopbar.com, The Dock at Linden Street www.thedockoakland.com, Jimmie’s Jerk Chicken, S + S Gastro Grub www.ssgastrogrub.com, La Marcha & Mohari Wellness. In addition with local support from: Calavera www.calaveraoakland.com, People’s Barber Shop www.peoplesbarber.com, Periscope Cellars www.periscopecellars.com, Red Bay Coffee www.redbaycoffee.com, Yahshi Bakes www.yahshibakes.com, The Oakland Chocolate Company and Oakland Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine Clinic.

Q What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
It’s home. It feels like one big family.

Q What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
This is an awesome chance to kick back with friends and family and have a great time, while bringing your excitement and enthusiasm for My Yute Soccer initiatives. This is our main fundraising event. We are a grassroots organization, operated solely by volunteers providing kids with excellent opportunities.

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