By now, many of us have taken our taste buds to the islands by enjoying Chris Grant’s authentic Jamaican jerk chicken. While his grill draws us in with amazing tastes and smells, his big smile, easy laugh, and approachability are just as attractive and perhaps as important on his journey to building a successful brand through C+G Jerk Authentic Jamaican Chicken and Love Sauce. As Grant is often overheard saying, he is taking things to yet another level with the upcoming Love Sauce Reggae Festival scheduled for Saturday, September 22, from 12-7pm, at Sam Michael’s Park (235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV).
This family friendly event will feature delicious international food, games and activities for kids and adults, a Love Sauce Cook-Off, and live music from five reggae bands including Lenny Kurlou – Kurlou Reggae Allstars and Ras Lidj Regg Go, a band out of Washington, D.C. combining reggae and go-go music.
Pre-sale tickets can be purchased for $20, or $30 at the gate. VIP tickets are available for $45 and will feature an 11am entrance to the festival and a special lunch courtesy of sponsorships by Mountaineer Grill & Pub and Boyd’s Steakhouse.
Perhaps the most intriguing feature of the event is the Love Sauce Cook-Off. As Grant describes: “You buy the Love Sauce from one of the stores selling it, utilize it in your recipe, and when you win, you don’t just get to come to Jamaica, you get the chance to have your meal in someone’s restaurant on the menu for a weekend as a special.”
Where else could an enterprising foodie get such an opportunity?
The winner of the Love Sauce Cook-Off will receive a trip to Jamaica for four days/three nights (restrictions apply) to Grant’s own bed & breakfast. Second and third place prizes will also be awarded.
Judges for the Cook-Off will include local chefs who will rate contestants on presentation, creativity, use of the sauce, and taste. Interested participants can register for a $100 entry fee, which includes festival admission. Upon registration, contestants will receive a block of time to prepare or finalize their dish on the morning of September 22 and present a write-up of their recipe and how they utilize C&G Jerk Love Sauce as a key ingredient. Grant emphasized, “… you are coming to Jamaica for eighty dollars if you win the contest!”
Grant attributes his success largely to the people he’s met and befriended—especially in Jefferson County. To that end, local businesses like Black Dog Coffee and The Mecklenburg Inn now feature Grant on the grill weekly. He’s also a staple at Shepherd University football games.
C&G Jerk Love Sauce representative, Dianne Batt, noted: “For four years, he’s been working and watching festivals happen, learning the ups and downs, and now he’s bringing this knowledge to Jefferson County—for a first-of-its-kind event.”
When asked what’s unique about the Love Sauce Reggae Festival, Grant pointed out, “I get to use everything that I’ve learned in business since I’ve been in America, and put it all into one day… seeing how many people we can pull together in one time and place. That’s really unique.”
Find tickets right here. For VIP tickets, contact C&G Jerk at 240-513-9767. And to register for the Love Sauce Cook-Off, contact Dianne Batt at 304-886-4291.