Mark your calendars. The annual Cayman 27 Island Living Show is just around the corner and promises to bigger and better than ever.
The show, which is free for all to attend, is planned to take place at the Family Life Centre off Walker’s Road, George Town, on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 July.
‘This year’s event will be so much bigger than previous years,’ Shawn Wilcox, general sales manager at Cayman 27, sponsors of the show, and event co-ordinator said.
‘There will be everything from mortgage lenders, garden equipment, BBQs, internet and telephone solutions to home furnishings. The Humane Society will also have a booth highlighting their adopt a pet programme.’
Highlights of the show include ample vendor giveaways, including 10 return tickets with Cayman Airways to any destination, courtesy of Cayman 27, prize draws, live entertainment and cooking demonstrations.
So far 40 companies are confirmed including Inside Out, Cayman’s premier homes and gardens magazine, Furniture Depot, Icoa Fine Foods, Kirk Motors, Celebrations, Edie’s Décor, Every Bloomin’ Thing, Absolutely Fabulous, Tropical Pools, Scotia Bank, Vigoro Nursery and Uncle Bills.
Many vendors will have products that can be purchased on the day as well as many Island Living only special offers.
‘The show will encompass everything to do with island living,’ Mr. Wilcox said adding that organisers expect visitor numbers to exceed last year’s 5,000.
New this year will be live music provided by local musicians and suppliers of automobiles and boats. Banks will also have a presence for the first time in the show’s five year history.
‘Without a question this is the largest show,’ Mr. Wilcox said.
The show, which organisers have planned as a family fun event, will be held in the same venue as last years, however Mr. Wilcox said that they have utilised the space more efficiently, allowing the event to be on a much grander scale. One area that organisers will make particular use of will be the outside patio area, which previously Mr. Wilcox said had not been fully utilised.
‘Although the show keeps on growing we have decided to keep it at the Family Life Centre as it is an ideal venue as it is air-conditioned. Although a venue such as the Lions Centre is larger, it is dusty and dirty. This is a high end event.’
The cooking demonstrations, introduced at the 2005 show, will be back by popular demand.
‘The cooking demonstrations were hugely successful. Local restaurants will be at the event showing people how to make their signature dishes. People will also be able to sample the food for free,’ Mr. Wilcox commented.
Food will also be available to purchase outside the main show. Mr. Wilcox said that they have this year chosen to invite local churches and not for profit organisations to provide the food as it will serve as a means for these groups to raise funds. Vendors include the Boy Scouts, Girls Brigade and the Church of God.
Commenting on the reasons behind the show, Mr. Wilcox said: ‘There is a real need in Cayman for an event like this. There are so many diverse businesses which are constantly changing and this is the way vendors can bring their products to the masses, rather than waiting for customers to come to them through more traditional marketing means.
He added: ‘It is also a great opportunity for people to see what’s out there in one go, rather than having to go to all the shops individually.’
The show is usually held on a Saturday, however last year’s introduction of a Friday evening event was so successful that organisers have this year planned for the show to be open both Friday evening and Saturday day.
‘This really is an exciting event with everything for the home, from budget items to high end luxury.’
The Island Living Show is open Friday, 28 July from 4pm to 8pm and Saturday, 29 July 10 am to 5pm. Admission is free. Contact Shawn Wilcox on 745-0210 for further information.
CaRe Company Ltd.
Hew’s Hotel & Restaurant Supplies Ltd.
ITC – International Tile Co.
Pools ‘R’ Us
The Security Centre Ltd.
Healthy Environment Solutions
Icoa Fine Foods
West Indian Trading Company
Hydes & Sons
National Hurricane Committee
The Final Touch
Woods Furniture and Design
Cable & Wireless
Inside Out magazine
Royal Bank of Canada
International Design Group
Every Bloomin’ Thing
Sheena Conolly Sotheby’s International Realty