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When is this day? The fourth Sunday in October.

What is this day? National Jamaican Jerk Day celebrates the unique way of seasoning and grilling foods, originated by the Maroons in Jamaica. Jerk cuisine has evolved from simple street food to being served in top-class restaurants worldwide, and celebrated through numerous Jerk Festivals around the globe.

Who created this day? This day was founded by Jamaican Jerk Festival USA, Inc. in 2020. 

How should this day be celebrated or observed?

  • The day can be celebrated by visiting your local Jamaican Jerk restaurant and feasting on your favorite jerk dish, or better yet, jerk your own at home, either on the grill or in the oven. Share your home-made jerk dish on social media, be sure to use the hashtags #jamaicanjerkday #jamaicanjerk #nationaljamaicanjerkday
  • Purchase discounted tickets to the Jamaican Jerk Festival you enjoy annually.
  • Order a specially designed Jamaican Jerk Day merchandise and wear it proudly.