A weekend of jerk, reggae and more

The Jerk & Beyond festival, “a three-day Caribbean taste sensation” kicks off on Friday 8 July at Oval Space in East London.

There will be food markets from Cuba to Dominican Republic and Jamaica to Guyana, with music across the weekend from international DJs and Caribbean artists.

Friday: Latin Vibes; Saturday: Soca; Sunday: family and reggae day.

Billed as the biggest Caribbean festival of food, drink and music Jerk & Beyond begins on Friday at 5.00pm with Latin and French Caribbean style food and music with DJs Just Vibez – well known locally through their residency at pop Brixton.

Soca Saturday from noon celebrates music from Trinidad & Tobago all day and into the evening with carnival dancers, DJs and live performances. Evening sessions are split into two with a £5 entrance from 6-11pm and later party session from midnight to 4am.

Sunday’s is a family and reggae day and is free for all with fun activities inclusing a hot wings challenge, limbo, fire throwers, bouncy castles, bubble machines, candy floss, floral art workshop, face painting, a 360º photo booth and fun family workshops

Entrance to the food market is free and will see well known food traders in association with Black Eats London.

A makers’ market will offer arts and crafts on Saturday and Sunday.

Free tickets must be shown on arrival



Oval Space, 29–32 The Oval, Cambridge Heath, E2 9DT.

Bethnal Green Tube and Cambridge Street overground. Over 18s only.