Wednesday 27 July 2016

Wray's Jerk Fest 2016 at The Bussey Building in Peckham

On Saturday 6th August 2016 Wray & Nephew is holding a Jerk Fest from 2pm - 11pm at The Bussey Building's rooftop bar in Peckham.  There will be 6 competitors all cooking jerk - Fish, Wings & Tings, Mama’s Jerk, Cottons Rhum Shack, White Men Can’t Jerk, Jerk Night and Rudie’s - which you can vote in by buying a portion from any of them - plus DJs and lots of drinks, including rum cocktails. Entry is free, and a portion of jerk, with voting slip, is £5.

"WHAT  Wray’s Jerk Fest is a 9-hour long open-air feast of Jamaican culture at The Bussey Rooftop Bar, Peckham, hosted by Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum. 
The main ingredients are a jerk BBQ competition between six of London’s finest jerk specialists which is judged by the crowd; nine DJs serving up music of Jamaican origin or influence; a screening of a cult Jamaican film (TBC); a live graffiti mural; and the all-important Wray & Nephew bar serving up tots of rum and pitchers of Reggae Rum Punch. Guests can also test their drink-making skills in the Free Pour challenge and Reggae Rum Punch Relay.
WHY  Wray & Nephew is Jamaica’s number-one rum and an iconic part of the fabric of Jamaican culture. Wray’s Jerk Fest will bring Londoners a taste of the authentic Jamaican experience and show why the full-bodied white rum is so ingrained in everyday life on the island particularly when it comes to jerk BBQs and music.
WHO  The six jerk competitors are: Fish, Wings & Tings, Mama’s Jerk, Cottons Rhum Shack, White Men Can’t Jerk, Jerk Night and Rudie’s.  
The nine DJs spinning Jamaican vibes are: King Yoof, Trevor Sax, King Tubby’s, Adam Prescott, Daddy Nature, Unit 137 Showcase, Real Roots, Mr Chris and Honeuln.
The live graffiti mural will be created by Will Barras.
Wray’s Jerk Fest will be hosted by a Master of Ceremonies
WHERE  The epic setting of the fourth-floor Bussey Rooftop bar in Peckham, two minutes walk from Peckham Rye Station, will be transformed into a colourful corner of Jamaica for the event. The bar side of the roof will host live DJs, a live graffiti mural and drinks, including the Free Pour challenge and Rum Punch Relay to test your drink-making skills. The cinema side will feature the jerk competition during the day, the evening screening and a bar."

When - Sat 6th August 2016, 2pm - 11pm

Where - The Bussey Building Rooftop Bar, 133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST


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Link - Facebook event

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  1. We travelled all the way from North London to this event. When we arrived we were told it was closed because they had run out of rum and food! It was only 8pm! It is my understanding this event has been held here before so Surely the promoters would ensure they had enough food and drink! Extremely disappointing and a total waste of time.

  2. The organisers have issued this statement by email, and asked me to add it to the post - Dan, LondonPopUps

    "We would like to say a big thank you to the enormous numbers of people who came to support the first Wray's Jerk Fest at The Bussey Rooftop Bar on Saturday, the turnout was unprecedented. It was great to see so many of you there and we hope you all had a great time with the fine combination for champion jerk cuisine, great music, sunshine and of course a little bit of Wray.

    We do want to apologise to those who waited a long time to get in, as well as those that missed out on trying some of the great food of the day and we understand many were frustrated that a ticket did not guarantee you entry. Releasing tickets was a requirement for us in hosting The Jerk Fest and the venue’s security did their best to manage numbers in and out of the venue to ensure the safety of all present, however with so many in attendance this resulted in unfortunate delays, which again we apologise for.

    Lastly, we regret having to close early and not to have shown "The Harder They Come" on the big screen. Due to noise complaints from local residents, we had to comply with an arrangement with the council to respect the neighbours surrounding the Bussey Building and with the venue at full capacity we were not willing to put any of our guests' health and safety at risk and made the call to close the event a few hours early.

    This is the first time we have hosted the Jerk Fest competition and really appreciate all of your support with so many people attending. We will be using all of your feedback and suggestions to refine future events in order to improve the experience for everyone.

    Thank you from all the team at Wray & Nephew and we hope to see you at our next event."