Jamaica delivers summer cultural shake-up in U.S.

This summer, United States residents will be able to sample the Jamaican cultural experience through food and music during multiple festivals and parties throughout the U.S.

Coney Island“We are always looking for ways to share Jamaica’s culture through food, music and entertainment, no matter where they take place,” Paul Pennicook, Jamaica’s director of tourism, noted in a recent press release promoting the events.

“These summer events proudly feature legendary and up-and-coming talent, flavors and cultural experiences from Jamaica, and encourage people to make Jamaica their next travel destination.”

The following is a list of activities:

July 2, Aug. 6 and Sept. 3, Coney Island Reggae on the Boardwalk - This is a free, summer sound system series held on the iconic boardwalk at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York.

Founded by DJ Carter Van Pelt in 2010, the event features sounds by New York area vinyl-only reggae artistes. This series will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on each date.

Aug. 27, South Carolina Reggae Jerk & Wine Festival - The fourth annual South Carolina Reggae Jerk Festival celebrates Jamaican reggae music, jerk spices and wine parings at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

Guests can enjoy wine tasting, jerk samples, games and reggae music from Coolieg and Lion Soul Reggae band. The festival runs from noon to 7 p.m. Visit www.screggaejerkfestival.com for more information.

For more on Jamaica and Jamaican events, visit www.visitjamaica.com