The 7th Annual Caribbean American Association of Lake County (CAALC) Jerk Festival promises to be better than ever. Stuart Wilson, the new president of the Clermont-based CAALC, believes this year’s festival will be fantastic.  “With the lineup we have, this promises to be the very best entertainment the Festival has ever had,” said Wilson.

The fun-filled event will take place on Saturday, May 19, from 12 pm -10 pm at Clermont Waterfront Park and showcase Caribbean cultures and foods from the diverse countries of the Caribbean. It is CAALC’s major annual fundraiser to provide college scholarships for the young people in the community.

Last year’s festival brought the sounds of the Caribbean to Clermont

The day’s festivities feature Reggae music from Musical Seduction Band and Jeffrey Mykals, steel band music from the Lake Steel Orchestra, and calypso, soca, and chutney music from Terry Gajraj. Gospel performances will be from Plena Pal Cielo and Joan Myers. Jamaican-born internationally-recognized stage-and-screen star Tory Wynter will also perform, as will Sammy the Magician and the Swamp Brothers.

The festival will include DJs, a fun zone for kids, domino games, pony rides, vendors, the “Parade of Islands,” face painting, and inflatables. , Food vendors will have the opportunity to compete in the event’s famous jerk cook-off competition.

Admission is only $10 for adults; $5 children ages 6-to-14; children 5-under admitted free. Visit, phone 352-978-0813, or email The Caribbean American Association of Lake County is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.

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