Australia’s first Jamaican Music and Food Festival in Williamstown

Stick Mareebo, organiser of the Jamaican Festival at Seaworks in Williamstown. Photo by Damjan Janevski.

Australia’s first Jamaican music and food festival will be held this Sunday at the Seaworks maritime precinct in Williamstown.

Festival founder DJ Stick Mareebo (pictured) said there would be four stages of live entertainment, with eight hours of music covering ska, rocksteady, dancehall, dub, roots and reggae.

“I was born and grew up in Jamaica, and my idea is to bring a little taste of Jamaica to Melbourne,” Stick said. “All of the music will be based around music that evolved from Jamaica, so from the 1920s to the current day.

“There’s a big evolution of Jamaican music and we’re going to capture all genres of that time. We will have a taste of the Jamaican national dish, which is called ackee and saltfish.

“There’ll be quite a few curries … a lot of smoking of meats.”

The festival is on November 6 from noon-8pm at Seaworks, 82 Nelson Place Williamstown. Details: