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On Sunday, October 2, 2016 at the conclusion of his 35th International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA) and his 100th Annual Entertainment Event, Ephraim Martin creates history and set a record as the only known person alive to have consecutively produced 100 Annual Entertainment (Awards/Festivals) Events. The 100th Annual Event milestone occurred over a 35 years period with four unbroken annual events. Namely: The Chicago Music Awards (CMA), The International Festival of Life (IFOL), the Caribbean Festival (now merged with the IFOL) and the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA).


HISTORY/RECORD SETTING: Since September 1982, Ephraim Martin established the Special Event business, Martin’s International at 1325 South Wabash Avenue, when the area was a ghost town. Now 35th years later (coming this September), 1325 Wabash is still the historic home for Martin's annual Chicago Music Awards (CMA), the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) and the annual International Festival of Life (IFOL). Martin recently made history and set world record by producing more than 100 annual Special Events (Awards/Festivals) out of this South Wabash address.


In celebration of Ephraim Martin – Martin’s International 35th Anniversary at the same South Loop address, the occasion was celebrated with the inauguration of the Jerk, Seafood and Vegan Fest (JSVFest) on Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st, from noon to 10:00 pm each day @ 2400 S. Dearborn Street between State Street & S. Federal Street, Chicago South Loop (4 blocks from McCormick Place), Chicago, IL 60616 approximately one mile from Martin’s International office, Chicago, Illinois.

On September 8 & 9, 2018, amidst chilly, windy and below 70 degree an unbelievable 10,000 patrons turned out to celebrate our  second annual JSVFest in the Park 540 at the same location.


We are now in preparation for our 5th annual JSVFest which is set for September 11 and 12, 2021 at Washington Park, 55th & Cottage Grove Ave.  We again look forward to the strong community partnership with sponsors, families, friends  and others who will be treated to the real taste and satisfaction of Jerk, Seafood and Vegan cuisines; plus music, games, arts, crafts and more. Visit or call 877/973-4423 for more information. 


Businesses are invited to brand their company/organization as a sponsorship partner and/or exhibiting vendor to tap into this diverse and multicultural  community market. The JSVFest is a great vehicle for corporations, organizations and other community businesses to market, promote and sell goods or services.


Attached, please find sponsorship package for you to review or click this link:   to see online for your participation.

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