Reggae and Beer Festival at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

Elijah Emanuel CD Cover

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club was the place to be on Saturday, August 14, 2004 for some fun in the sun.  As part of the club's summer event series, it hosted a reggae and beer festival in the Infield Pacific Pavilion that started at noon and continued throughout the race day. Hundreds of people came out to enjoy horse racing, live reggae music, exotic beers, and delicious chili and salsa.

Common Sense CD Cover

The chili and salsa contest and beer festival were highlights of the afternoon events. Red and green chili cooks and salsa entrants competed for over $2,000 in prizes, and winners advanced to the 2004 World Championships.  Entrants passed out free samples throughout the day, and tasters were able to select their favorites in the People's Choice category. Patrons were able to purchase individual beer tickets or pull-tab wristbands good for five beers of their choice. A few brave souls, also took their best shot on the mechanical bull. Live performances from Elijah Emanuel and the Revelations, Common Sense, and headliner - Jimmy Cliff, provided the musical backdrop for the event.

Jimmy Cliff CD Cover

Beer and cocktail vendors were out in full force; Captain Morgan and Heineken were huge sponsors and operated bars and kiosks throughout the Pavilion. A wide variety of food was also available, everything from Churros and hot dogs to smoked turkey legs.

Jimmy Cliff

With cold beers in hand and lots of delicious food, hundreds of event-goers mingled and danced in the Infield to tunes from reggae bands Common Sense and Elijah Emanuel and the Revelations throughout the race day.  After the races, reggae music legend Jimmy Cliff performed.  His stage show was over an hour of high energy and pure entertainment that kept the crowd on their feet. Cliff had the crowd singing and dancing to hits like "Wild Wild World" and "You Can Get it if You Really Want." His constant message of brotherhood and peace for the world were heard throughout his performance, especially through his song "Vietnam", which denounces war.

The music went on well into the night, with the audience partying until the last note.  This well-organized event, hosted by Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, produced an awesome turnout. Everyone had a great time.

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