Dear N.J Jerk Fest Family,
The decision we share with you today is one of the single most difficult and heartbreaking we’ve ever had to make about the New Jersey Jerk Fest. Early yesterday morning The Piscataway Township Mayor’s Office decided to cancel the 2020 NJ Jerk Fest Permit five days before the event, scheduled for this Sat Aug 8. Stating that “New Jersey had recorded an average of 434 cases per day over the last week, an increase of 35 percent from the average two weeks earlier”, according to a database maintained by The New York Times. On Friday, there were 699 new coronavirus cases, Gov. Philip D. Murphy said.
We did everything to make this event happen by following all CDC guidelines, Piscataway Township Health Department and State laws and regulation. Unfortunately, this was a decision made by the township to cancel the New Jersey Jerk Fest 2020. You may reach out to Timothy J. Dacey within Piscataway’s Mayor’s office at (732)562-2301 with any questions and concerns you may have over this decision.
As much as we desperately want to go on as planned, we recognize that we must put the health and safety of our patrons, artists, performers, vendors and sponsors first. As we’ve watched the COVID-19 pandemic unfold, there is a lot uncertainty it holds for the near future.
We will come together with good Jerk cuisine, in fact sooner rather than later. We are already working on not only the 2021 season which will be nothing less than an explosion of great Jerk but also on virtual ways The NJ Jerk Fest Family can come together to enjoy music and each other. The medium may be different, but we can and will still share the essence of the Jerk experience.