The Original Jerk Cookout

Join us for this family-friendly food and music festival celebrating Jamaican culture.

Happening across the Horniman Gardens, we will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of Jamaican Independence with family activities, live music, dance and jerk.

Some of the UK’s top Caribbean and African chefs will be cooking up a storm with jerk, vegan and vegetarian food.

Please note: the Gardens, Butterfly House and Animal Walk will only be accessible to Jerk Cookout ticket holders on this day.

To enter this event you must have purchased your tickets in advance.  

Live on the Jerk Stage

  • Carroll Thompson
  • Ciyo and his jazz band
  • Felicity Ethnic Comedy
  • The Freedom Band
  • Plus many more


Line up announcement coming soon…

The Cookout Village


  • Jerk food stands
  • Vegan and vegetarian food area
  • World food stalls
  • Top DJs
  • Two stages
  • Holistic area
  • Classic cars
  • Charity stalls
  • Plus the Jerk Cook Out famous Candy dance

To apply to be a food trader at The Original Jerk Cookout please contact

Children’s Play Area

  • Bouncy castles
  • Face painting
  • Butterfly House
  • Animal Walk

(Additional cost for some activities)

See last year’s event

Ticket information

  • Please arrive at the London Road gate entrance for the Jerk Cookout.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult. Parents remain responsible for their children at all times.
  • Tickets cannot be exchanged for other Horniman activities and we are unable to give refunds.
  • Tickets must be purchased online ahead of the event, tickets will not be available at the door.
  • Please note this event is outside so come along, embrace the festival atmosphere and dress appropriately for the weather on the day. The event will take place whatever the weather and refunds will not be offered in the case of bad weather.
  • A licensed bar will be open during the event but no glass is permitted.
  • We may photograph or film parts of the event and by entering you are giving your permission for these to be used for Fairweather Productions or Horniman promotion purposes.
  • Buggies are allowed on site, however there is no buggy park. We would suggest leaving buggies at home where possible.
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