Camden waterfront to host Caribbean Festival on Saturday

Camden’s Wiggins Park on the waterfront will feel like the lido deck on a cruise ship Saturday.

The 12th annual South Jersey Caribbean Festival will bring in reggae and calypso bands, a Latin dance troop and food vendors from almost every Caribbean island.

The South Jersey Caribbean Cultural Organization, in collaboration with the Camden City Mayor's Youth Council, is hosting the free event from noon to 8 p.m.  Attendance is expected to surpass the 4,000 record from last year, said festival coordinator Dave Benjamin.

The festival is meant to promote cultural diversity and educate the public on art, culture, and music. Three DJs and about five bands will take turns playing lively Caribbean music, while festival goers try jerk chicken or tostones (fried plantains). There also will be traditional food: hot dogs, burgers, etc.  

Performers will include a fire-eater, and attractions will include a craft station and Moon Bounce for children, Benjamin said.

For more information, vist the festival's website: http://www.sjcaribbean.org/index.html

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