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Rum and Brew

The weekend kicks off with a Rum & Brew Tasting on Friday night, 7-10 pm, with 6pm for VIP admission. . The Rum & Brew Tasting offers tastings of local food and drinks with a Caribbean theme. The event features and and international  craft beer, cider, and mead as well as local and international spirits. Local musicians will play live music as the crowd prepares for a spicy weekend.

Vendors at the JerkFest Food Festival

There will be lots of delicious spicy food on sale from our Vermont JerkFest vendors, at the JerkFest Food Festival, hosted in Brattleboro. All restaurant and food truck vendors will offer at least one jerk item on the menu for sale–after all, we are a jerk fest! Vendor package available soon.

Our Spice Lane will feature specialty food vendors, selling a variety of local hot sauces, spicy nuts, spicy jams, spicy sweets, and more. We promise that it will be a hot experience for you!

Check out past Vermont JerkFest Vendors HERE

Chef Demos

The Vermont JerkFest will showcase Chef Demos, and Jerk Cook-Off. The Jerk Cook-Off will feature two chefs competing to create the best jerk dish while giving you the chance to see a variety of ways to cook jerk food.


There will be local and international reggae musicians who will jam with the crowds to the cool backdrop of the VT mountains.  Past international headliner performers have beenTHIRD WORLD BAND, Everton Blender and Teflon

Stay tuned for updates on our Entertainment page for more information on our full Vermont JerkFest music line up!

Kids & Culture

Vermont JerkFest is a family-friendly festival filled with entertainment for children and adults of all ages! There will be a Children’s activity zone with hands-on, interactive activities including fun games, and more.