Make room for Taste of Cayman

Make room in your bellies.

Cayman’s culinary feast of an event, Taste of Cayman, takes place this Saturday, with organisers promising a bigger and better event than ever before.

The culinary extravaganza will be held for the first time at the new Boatswain’s Beach facility, instead of the usual SafeHaven site, and will bring together some 25 local restaurants demonstrating a selection of their finest fare and signature dishes.

‘This year will really be a bigger and better event,’ said organiser Mike Flowers.

Now in its 19th year the annual fundraising event is a mainstay on Cayman’s calendar of events. Visitors are free to wander from booth to booth sampling some of Cayman’s finest fare from traditional dishes, sumptuous entrees and divine deserts, while enjoying a host of entertainment.

Participating restaurants this year include Cimboco, the Hyatt, Lone Star, Breezes and newcomers such as the Ritz-Carlton, Senor Frogs and Margaritaville to name but a few. The dazzling array of food on offer will ensure something for everyone.

Kim Pisano, Taste of Cayman volunteer at the Cayman Islands Tourism Association, organisers of the event, said entertainment has been moved up a gear with a bevy of local acts confirmed including Hi-Tide, Swanky, Gone Country, Red White and Blues and Cayman Traditional Drummers all performing on a purpose-built stage. A fire dancer will add an additional frisson of excitement.

The event will also feature a Cayman cook-off with local chefs and amateurs competing to win cash prizes as well as a host of non-food exhibitors, including the Cayman Islands Humane Society and the National Trust.

Ms Piasno said that organisers have gone the extra mile this year to ensure a family fun day out with a larger than ever children’s area.

‘This is going to be a really fun event for children,’ said Ms Pisano who urges all youngsters to bring their swimwear so as they can take advantage of the swim lagoon.

Children at the event will be able to enjoy a host of activities, including face painting, bouncing castle, arts and crafts as well as storytelling.

‘This really is going to be an extra special event,’ said Ms Pisano. ‘In addition, the event coincides with the grand opening of the Boatswain’s Beach facility, so people will be able to get a first hand look at this new venue. It has really allowed us to move it up a notch.’

To ease traffic in the West Bay area, shuttle buses have been organised. Pick up points are from both Marriott locations, the Westin and the Ritz-Carlton. Morritts Tortuga is also offering a shuttle service for those living in East End.

‘We are urging people to use the shuttle buses,’ Ms Pisano said. ‘Parking at the venue is limited.’

Funds raised will go to support the Lighthouse School.

Tickets cost $50, which includes entry into the main event and a raffle ticket for the grand prize of a 2007 SLK Mercedes alongside other prizes. An event only ticket can be purchased for $25. Admission for children under 10 is $10, children under two go free. Tickets are available by calling CITA on 949-8522. Gates open at 5pm. The event runs until midnight.

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