August 2, 2014 (Rain Date 8/3)
Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

The event brings authentic Caribbean cuisine, cool island beverages, spectacular costumes and dance, and island rhythms brought a festive Caribbean atmosphere to the Riverfront.

Enjoy live entertainment headlined by Jamaica’s Reggae Icon, Mikey Spice & Platinum Band; Barbados Jazz Saxophonist Elan Trotman; Guyanese Chutney Artist, Terry Gajraj & Naya Fasana Band; and Gospel DJ Brother Gary.

Other entertainers include, Platinum Band; Amandla Band; Hartford Steel Symphony; Nelson Bello & La 860 Latin & Salsa Band; The Caribbean American Dance Company; Misteree; The St. Lucian Folk Singers; Owen Irie; Iroko Nuevo of Cuba, Toussaint The Liberator, Maya Stewart, Lake McLean, Josh Barkley, Tena Williams, Sweet Noise Trinidad Drumming and many more.  In addition, there will be an array of scrumptious Caribbean culinary delights, a Children’s Village with games, storytelling, and face painting. CICCA will present a Mini Carnival Parade with opening flag ceremony by Curet Boys Scout Troop 1443.  Maxine Victor, Donovan Longmore will headline the MC’s. Music will be provided by DJ Johnny B, Big O and BO Jangles.

For more information including the entertainment line up, click HERE.


Click here to print the Taste of the Caribbean brochure.


1:00 to 10:00pm

Directions & Parking
This event is held at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Please visit the park's page for directions.

Parking Recommendations:

Science Center/Riverfront Garage
250 Columbus Blvd
Hartford, CT 06103
Science center will have a special rate of $7.00

CT Convention Center Garage
100 Columbus Blvd
Hartford, CT 06103
Standard hourly rate at:
$3.00 the first hour
$2.00 each additional hour
Max @ $19.00

Morgan Street Garage
155 Morgan St
Hartford, CT
Morgan Street is $ 4.00

Constitution Plaza Garage
109 Constitution Plaza 
Hartford, CT 06103
$10 fee
Patrons should use the south garage entrance on State Street

Learn More

Visit the Taste of the Caribbean Facebook page, website or Flickr page.

Volunteer Opportunities
Learn more about volunteer opportunities for this event.

*You MAY NOT bring alcohol into the parks and/or events.

Vendor & Exhibitor Information
Food, merchandise and exhibitor registration has closed. If you would like to receive information regarding opportunities at next year's event, please send an emal to our Events Manager.


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*This event is subject to change, relocation or cancellation without notice. 


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