– CSNDC Presents –

The 5th Annual Caribbean Jerk Festival

After a three years hiatus, Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation is thrilled to announce the return of The Caribbean Jerk Festival!

caribbean jerk platter

The 5th Codman Square Caribbean Jerk Festival is a family-friendly event that highlights the cultural contributions that community members hailing from the Caribbean Islands have made to the Codman Square commercial corridor, and beyond. Sample delectable oxtail, juicy jerk chicken, vegetarian options, and many other bites from award-winning Dorchester Restaurants. Stay for the Caribbean-inspired kids’ activities, live DJ, and steel drum orchestra performance, and support the many local merchants and community organizations participating throughout the district. We can’t wait to see you for an afternoon of fun and discovery in Codman Square!

The 5th annual Caribbean Jerk Festival is a family-friendly event that highlights the cultural contributions that BIPOC leaders hailing from the Caribbean Islands have made to the Codman Square Commercial Corridor, and beyond. Past years have included musical and dance performances, and this year will be no different. Caribbean artists, small business owners, community leaders, and chefs serving up Caribbean fare will be celebrated for a family-friendly afternoon in the heart of Codman Square.

This year, we are doing things in a bigger way. To attract even more visitors, Jerkfest will be on a Saturday afternoon, immediately following the Dorchester Farmers Market happening at Codman Square Park. And for the first time in Jerkfest history, local merchants and craft vendors will be on site to sell their local products on the festival grounds. We are also incorporating activities that will extend into the commercial corridor for a day of Jerking and Caribbean celebration.

Will you join us in putting the Caribbean Jerk Festival on the Map?
Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to the event.

caribbean jerk chicken

Event Details


Saturday, June 3rd, 2023
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Rain Date: Saturday, June 10th, 2023


Second Church of Dorchester
44 Moultrie Street
Dorchester Center, MA 02124

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Free Admission!

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Getting Here:

By Car:

Codman Square is short on parking, so we recommend that you walk, bike, or take public transportation to the festival. If you do drive, we recommend that you park on the outskirts of Codman Square.

By Train:

The Second Church of Dorchester is a short 7-minute walk from the MBTA Redline Shawmut Station or an 8 minutes walk from Talbot Ave commuter rail station.

By Bus:

Buses 18, 22, 23, and 26 serve Codman Square.

Participating Restaurants

Blue Mountain Jamaican Restaurant

Blue Mountain Jamaican Restaurant

884 Morton Street
Boston, MA 02126
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Irie Jamaican Style Restaurant

Irie Jamaican Style Restaurant

1450 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester, MA 02122
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Island Style Restaurant

Island Style Restaurant

183 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA 02121
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Murl's Kitchen

Murl’s Kitchen

143 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA 02121
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Hopa Baily - Taste of Eden Restaurant

Taste of Eden

38 Norfolk Street
Boston, MA 02124
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Offers & Promotions from Codman Square Businesses

Angel Meat Market

10% entire purchase on 6/3/2023. Must mention Jerk Festival!

503 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA
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Cut-to-Fit Barbershop

Offering $5 of 1st time customers that attend the Jerk Festival from 6/6 – 6/10. Call ahead to make your appointment!

19 Norfolk St, Dorchester, MA
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Diva Nail Bar & Beauty

$5 pedicure on Wednesday & Thursday 6/7 & 6/8. Mention “Jerk Fest” at your appointment.

480 Washington St, Dorchester, MA
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Flippin Clippers Barbershop

Providing balloons for the Festival.

483b Washington Street, Dorchester
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Jerusalem Discount Furniture

Free face painting for kids at the Jerk Festival! 

592 Washington St, Dorchester
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Jerk Fest Memories

The Carribbean Jerk Festival - Volunteering

Calling all Volunteers!

Get involved in your community by helping CSNDC’s Jerk Fest activities.

Volunteers will be needed for the event on June 3, 2023, from 1pm-5pm.

Our Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Mass Cultural Council
Rodney Realty
Rockland Trust Bank

Thank you to Angel Meat Market for donating 120lbs of chicken to support the restaurants at the Jerk Festival!

Silver Sponsors

NeighborWorks Week - Empowering Communities for Success - 2023
Thumbprint Realty

Become a Sponsor

Caribbean Jerk Festival would not be possible without the generous support of our community partners and sponsors. For more information about the benefits and perks of sponsorship, fill out the form below.