The Orlando Jerk and Caribbean Festival will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Oct. 28 at Orlando Festival Park in Florida. This event, put on by West Palm Beach, Florida-based Full-A-Vybez Inc., is expected to include a “Jerk Cook -Off Competition” where Florida chefs  and restaurateurs show off their skills in cooking Caribbean dishes.
Caribbean people celebrate carnival at various times during the year and calypso music plays a big role in those events. However, the rhythm of the region can be found year round in a meal of chicken calypso with island peas and rice. Try the recipe below, courtesy of Publix Aprons Simple Meals. It’s sure to provide that tasty treat.
Caribbean may identify one group of people, but their taste in food differs from island to island. Below is an edited version of a glossary, listing some foods savored across the region, found on the website: Ackee  - Bright yellow flesh is popular as a breakfast food throughout Jamaica. Poisonous if eaten before it is fully mature.
FORT LAUDERDALE, October 25, 2012 -- Still high off Olympics spirits, competitors are going for Cook-off gold at the 11th annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival scheduled for Sunday, November 11 at Markham Park in Sunrise. Professional chefs, aspiring amateurs and local celebrities will show off their culinary prowess in the high octane Publix Jerk Cook-off and Celebrity Quick Fire Competitions at the event. "I'm so thrilled about this year's competitions and demonstrations, because of the many culinary talents that will be on display" says June Minto, Jerk Cook-off organizer, adding that the staging of the area will be more open to engage the audience and allow for increased interaction.
Born in the beautiful island of Barbados, surrounded by beautiful beaches and dynamic cultures stretching from Europe to North America, you can see where her bold smile, inspiration and passion for great food and hospitality originated. Known as chef and owner of Le Cuisson Catering here in Miami, her ‘Fusion Cuisine’ style took on a new life, after she graduated from the Institute of Culinary Arts in Florida. Barbara’s love for fusing spices, exotic fruit and five-star alcoholic beverages from Barbados and around the world, creates an atmosphere of a tropical paradise.