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Double Olympic Champion to Appear at Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, November 13, 2016, Florida

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The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival organizers will be adding even more value to the 15th annual event on Sunday, November 13, at Markham Park in Sunrise. The organizers will be showcasing the best in all areas, food, entertainment and athletics — YES, Athletics! Sports enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see two-time Olympic Gold medalist Elaine Thompson who will be making an appearance at this year’s event!

Elaine is the Double Olympic Gold Medal winner from the 2016 Rio Olympics where she won Gold in the 100m and 200m.  Elaine also won Silver in the Olympic 4x100m in Rio as a part of the Jamaican team. Elaine is the Jamaican National Record Holder in the 100m and the 4th fastest woman to run the 100m in the history of the World.

Patrons will have an opportunity to meet and greet as well as take photographs with the Olympic Champion.  John Collins, Managing Director of International Freight Consolidators was quoted as saying, “we are extremely happy to be able to assist with bringing Elaine to the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival and have her meet the lovely people of South Florida.”

The event will be fitting for the Olympic Champion who is currently a student at the University of Technology, Jamaica and has earned a certificate in Baking Technology from Utech, and is now pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Service Management and Culinary Arts. Don’t be surprised if the Olympic Champion shows up in the Publix Culinary Pavilion, grabs an apron and displays her cooking skills.

The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival provides an avenue for patrons from all sectors of the community to share in the rich culture of the Caribbean. Gates open at 10 a.m. and the fun goes until headliner Shaggy closes the Main Stage at 10 p.m.  General admission tickets are on sale for $30 online at www.jerkfestival.com or at selected retail outlets in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. For those who want to enjoy the festivities with a little more flair, an All-Inclusive VIP ticket is available for $140.

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