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Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:16 am, Thu Jul 24, 2014.

The fourth annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, featuring wide varieties of Jamaican and other Caribbean cuisine, will take place at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 20, at Roy Wilkins Park in St. Albans.

The festival will feature traditional jerk cuisine and an array of dishes to appeal to daring and less adventurous palates.

Top chefs and celebrities will square off to test their best recipes, including Gason Nelson, who competed on the Food Network’s “Chopped,” and Keith Rhodes, who appeared on Bravo’s “Top Chef.” Organizers hinted that last year’s celebrity cook-off winner, then-Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, might come by to defend his title.

Activities for families and children include rock climbing, live music and entertainment, and presentations of fashion, traditional Jamaican dance, theater and folklore.

Advance tickets are $30 and are available online at jerkfestivalny.com. Children under 12 are admitted free.

Gates will open at noon, and the event will run until 8 p.m.

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