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Authentic Jamaican Jerk BBQ Event Returns

IN 2016, the Birmingham based owner of mobile Jamaican street food van and rum cocktail bar “Mr. Jerk” launched an event dubbed Reggae Caribbean Cookout, an authentic Jamaican Jerk BBQ street food event that boasted a reggae DJ, reggae singers and bands and even an open mic called “Gimme a Buss” (Jamaican patois meaning “give me a break”) was introduced in 2018.

In taking the Reggae Caribbean Cookout to new heights, Mr. Jerk has planned to make the event a monthly extravaganza at the Brierley Hop House on the Waterfront, Brierley Hill, transforming the car park space into a Pop-Up Jerk Centre with cuisine that is cooked fresh on site from jerk drums.

This casual street food experience, beginning April 21, 2019, will also feature children activities such as a bouncing castle, face painting and a ice cream van.

“The previous Reggae Caribbean Cookout events weren’t bolstered by ticket sales and were held in an open space at St. Paul's Square in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham with crowds that grew larger with each event – resulting in food selling out faster than anticipated – we couldn’t predict how many people would attend, but for this next event we’ve increased our capacity to cater for the masses” says the mastermind behind the Mr. Jerk.

“Now, that experience will be much improved with a new venue that boasts plenty of indoor and outdoor space, revamped organisation by way of ticketed pre-paid meals in addition to inviting another food trader called Mardi's Pearl to the event.

The Reggae Caribbean Cookout also welcomes two new sponsors, Jamaican mortgage and property experts Victoria Mutual who will be on hand at the events to answer questions about purchasing property in Jamaica, also Jamaican iconic rum manufacturer Wray and Nephew as well as the return of Green sleeves and VP Records who sponsored the event last year.

Guest DJ's will be Jamie Rodigan, who is the son of legendary radio broadcaster Sir David Ram Jam Rodigan and also from Oxford King Lloyd and Mr Elvis of Sir Sambo Sound.

Mr Jerk has also invited various charities to undertake fundraising activities at the Reggae Caribbean Cookout, with the Survivors Of Domestic Abuse (SODA) being the first to attend.

Mr. Jerk representatives have noted that Reggae singers and bands are wanted to take part in the Reggae open mic Gimme A Buss. There is also space for non food Afro Caribbean pop up shop.

Prepaid meal tickets can purchased via eventbrite

More information about Mr. Jerk and the Reggae Caribbean Cookout at the Brierley Hop House can be obtained by visiting

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