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Capacity Crowd For Sumfest 25

Published:Sunday | July 30, 2017 | 7:00 AM Janet Silvera

Chairman of the Jamaica Tourist Board, John Lynch, flanked by his children Sean (left) and Rose.

Josef Bogdanovich and his DownSound Entertainment team were forced to turn back patrons on Friday night (July 21), as thousands flocked to the Catherine Hall Complex in Montego Bay, St James, for Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest Dancehall Night.

The crowd may not have been the largest in the event’s 25-year history, but with the venue transformed to accommodate a larger VIP section, and a number of other changes, space was tight.

Those who came out were hungry to hear the likes of Dexta Daps, Spice, Alkaline, Mavado, Aidonia, Bounty Killer and Tommy Lee, a fact that had Bogdanvich, chairman of Summerfest Productions, organisers of the festival, elated.

“When you put together a line-up such as the one we did, with the hottest acts in reggae/dancehall music sharing the same stage, you can only expect good things, and we are very pleased with the result. Patrons came out in droves and the venue was at capacity, and we had to close the gates to manage that and ensure the safety of those in and around the venue,” said Bogdanovich.

He added that he was even more pleased that despite the massive crowd, the one-week festival, which kicked off on July 16 with a beach party at Tropical Bliss, was incident-free.

“I think patrons got their money’s worth and more, as several of the performances were simply amazing,” said Bogdanovich.

The group obviously has a lot to be proud of, particularly with the stellar performances exhibited on Saturday night by the all-star team of Jah Cure, Beenie Man, Sean Paul, Richie Stephens, Queen Ifrica, Stephen Marley and Sizzla.

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Reggae Sumfest 2017: Fashionable highlights

Not only were the performances epic and memorable at Reggae Sumfest 2017, but so was the fashion.

Patrons came out in their numbers for the star-studded event. They sported a myriad of looks ranging from afro-centric to fashionably chic.

Bold and adventurous hairstyles could be spotted all around as well and, in true dancehall style, some ladies were skimpily clad. The men, not to be outdone by the females, looked suave and effortlessly chic in suits and stylishly embellished footwear.

Take a look at some of the fashionable highlights that were caught by Loop News photographer Marlon Reid.

They were styling at Sumfest 2017

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In Jamaica, Festival Style Is Coolest After Dark

On the island of Jamaica, personal style has always gone hand in hand with music, starting with Bob Marley’s understated tracksuits and the khaki-shirted swagger of cult ’70s reggae movie Rockers. The dapper looks on the scene this past weekend at Reggae Sumfest, Jamaica’s biggest and longest-running music festival, were no exception. Locals, tourists, and reggae enthusiasts from far and wide converged on the open-air grounds of Catherine Hall in Montego Bay to witness the 25th anniversary of this midsummer event. With a lineup of artists that ran from 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m., the festival had attendees bringing their freshest looks into the wee hours of the morning.

The weekend’s style standouts included Beenie Man, the undisputed king of dancehall, who came dressed in head-to-toe Gucci, and Capleton, the legendary roots reggae star, who stepped out in a custom three-piece look that could have easily come down the runway at Comme des Garçons. Here, a glimpse at the island’s singular take on festival style.
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A Taste Of Reggae Sumfest

Published: Thursday | July 13, 2017 | 7:00 AM

Reggae when we Reggae smoothie from the Acoustic Cafe.

We all know how reggae music feels, but how about how it tastes? Patrons at the 25th staging of Reggae Sumfest will have the opportunity to experience just that at the first Sumfest Acoustic Cafe Pop-Up Restaurant – a main highlight in the Food Court during the festival.

In photo: Calaloo pizza from Acoustic Cafe.

The Sumfest Acoustic Cafe is the second restaurant franchise concept under the FRANJAM company, managed by Gary Matalon – a franchise company founded to own, develop and license Jamaican-themed restaurants.

At the Sumfest Acoustic Cafe, patrons will be able to hear, see, feel and taste reggae while enjoying a range of healthy and yummy menu items such as an array of soups, salads, wraps, pizzas, and a live juice bar all against the rich backdrop of footage and performances from the last 25 years of Sumfest.

So let’s dish out some of the palatable star acts, shall we?

Hermine Homestyle plans to cater for Sumfest patrons, like they’ve done for the last 25 years. While Yard Spice has been a constant feature at the festival for over 10 years, serving up Jamaican delights to the patrons. Soupy John, well known for his creative soups, hopes to stir things up and satisfy appetites, while Conquering Lion Ital will be showcasing his healthy ‘ital’ selections for all to savour. Roti King and Chefs for Life will offer a fusion of Asian and Indian cuisine. And Mr Lees will be serving up his tasty pizzas.

In photo: Prelude to a Kiss Veggie Ball from Ashanti. 

Creative Food and Soup promises a variety of seafood and non-traditional curries, while newcommers Rain Forest’s Fish Pot, Sabbioso and Ashanti Oasis will be making their national delectable debut to the exciting Sumfest Acoustic Cafe.

Another first for the festival will be the inclusion of two restaurants in the VIP area. Alessandro’s will delight the palate of VIP patrons with delectable dishes such as Pimento jerked pork, Mama Lee’s rack o’ ribs, and slow-roasted honey glazed pork shoulder, while EITS Cafe will offer barrel roasted chicken, beef and shrimp kebabs, fresh salads and more.

As an added treat, Kimberlee Howell, owner of Alessandro’s, has provided a recipe for reggae lovers to try at home.

Kim’s Slow-Roasted Honey Glazed Pork Shoulder

Ingredients

1 cup plus 2tbsp soy sauce, divided

1/4 cup granulated sugar

3tbs. chopped garlic

1/4 cup chopped scallions

2-3lb boneless, skin-on pork shoulder

2tbs olive oil

Kosher salt

Freshly grounded black pepper

1 cup packed dark brown sugar

1/2 cup honey

 

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 275°F.

2. In a large bowl, combine one cup of the soy sauce with sugar, garlic, and scallions, stirring until mixed. Score the skin of the pork by slicing a crosshatch pattern through the skin down to the meat. This will help excess fat render out and allow more of the marinade to soak in. Place the pork in the marinade and toss to coat evenly. Marinate overnight.

3. Place the marinated pork in the middle of a baking sheet. Bake for 1-11/2 hours depending on the weight of the pork. Increase oven to 5008F. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, honey, and remaining soy sauce, stirring until smooth. Spoon the honey glaze over the top of the pork, making sure to fill the cracks and crevices on top. Bake for 20 additional minutes until sugar is dark brown and caramelised, and the top of the pork is crispy.

4. Slice the pork into 1/2 inch slices, and plate with roasted Irish or sweet potatoes and vegetables of your choice. Spoon the reserved pan juices on top of the pork, and enjoy!

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Reggae Sumfest will return to Montego Bay this summer, for the 25th staging of the “Greatest Reggae Show on Earth.”

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