It’s a food lover’s paradise this weekend. The Big Apple is playing host to two events: The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival and the 7th Annual Hot Dog Cookoff. PIX11’s Frances Rivera took a bite out of the hot dog competition when a couple contestants presented their fancy dishes to the news anchor. She wasn’t alone, Greg Mocker joined her on set. Mocker will participate as a judge in the 7th Annual Hot Dog Cookoff which takes place Saturday, July 21st from 2pm to 6pm at 630 Flushing Avenue in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Tickets and t-shirts for the cookoff are available online (http://www.thegreathotdogcookoff.com). For PIX viewers, there’s a discount code. Enter the word FOODBANK when you are checking out and you get a $5 discount. All net proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to the Food Bank for New York City.
…And you love the flavor of Caribbean cuisine, check out the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival. The one-day family-friendly food festival will bring together professional chefs, eager taste-testers, reggae and soca music lovers, dance aficionados, and cultural enthusiasts in the most anticipated event of the year at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens. Already booked to appear on the main stage is reggae star Tarrus Riley, whose popularity and wide appeal is sure to attract a diverse audience of young and mature fans.
Mazie Miller, Grace Food’s Top Chef and culinary expert, will be whipping up tasty treats, hors d’oeuvres and formal meals as she conducts interactive cooking demonstrations. Hugh Sinclair aka Chef Irie, personal Chef to the stars, will make his second appearance at the New Yorkfestival to once again wow foodies with his culinary creations and unusual take on Jerkcuisine.
Advance tickets are on sale online at www.jerkfestivalNY.com. Kids 12 and under will be admitted free. Gates open at 12 p.m.