Taste of Cayman celebrates its 20th Anniversary

Taste of Cayman is set to mark it’s 20th anniversary this year, scheduled for 27 and 28 October, said a press release.

The gastronomic weekend showcases local and international cuisine from over 30 local restaurants.

This year’s event will feature live entertainment, fireworks, games for the kids, golf, and an opportunity to win two Mini Coopers from GT Automotive.

The fun begins on Saturday, 27 October with Cayman’s finest restaurants parading their best dishes from mouth watering Greek dips and pita bread, Jamaican jerked chicken and pork, and Japanese teriyaki steak, to Caymanian rum cakes, fudge, conch fritters and marinated conch.

The restaurant showcase starts at 5pm at the new Royal Watler Cruise Terminal on George Town’s waterfront. The exquisite food is complimented with drinks from the fully stocked cash bar featuring local Caymanian beers.

The ‘Taste,’ as it is known to locals, caters to young and old alike. Entertainment is scheduled throughout the evening and well into the night with local bands and DJs playing calypso, soca, rock, reggae, country and pop. A Kid’s Corner will keep young ones occupied, with activities like storytelling, arts, crafts and face painting.

Everyone who purchases a raffle ticket will receive a $25 discount voucher from Cayman Airways and be entered to win a myriad of prizes including an Atlantis Submarine charter, tickets fro two to Havana, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac and New York, courtesy of Cayman Airways, a one night stay at the Ritz-Carlton, tickets to Fort Lauderdale with Spirit Airlines, a romantic getaway at the Westin Casuarina Resort and Spa, a trip to Cuba with Cuba Vacations, three nights at the Hyatt Regency, New York, a catamaran charter, courtesy of Red Sail Sports and three nights accommodation at Little Cayman Beach Resort.

The Taste of Cayman Golf Classic, held on the same weekend, invites golfers of varying expertise to tee off at the Britannia Golf Course on Sunday, 27 October.

Proceeds from the weekend’s event will benefit the Lighthouse School, the Pines Retirement Home, and many other local charities. In addition, the event raises money for the Cayman Islands Tourism Association Scholarship Fund, which assists Caymanians to pursue a career in the tourism industry.

Owner of Lone Star Bar & Grill, Mike Flowers, is the founding father of Taste of Cayman.

‘The best thing about the Taste is that through the years we have had many restaurants eager to participate to help our chosen charities, always at their own cost.

‘Now that the Cayman Islands Tourism Association has taken it over, we have the resources of our 200 plus members from all different sectors to pitch in to make this event a huge success.’

He added: ‘So far, with proceeds from the Taste, we have been able to build a special needs playground for the Lighthouse School, which was subsequently destroyed by Hurricane Ivan, and then we were able to rebuild it again last year. We have also purchased a new school bus this year. I remain thankful for the venue of Taste of Cayman, through which has afforded us the opportunity to help those less fortunate for the past 20 years.’

Tickets are $40 in advance, which includes entry into the prize draw; $50 at the gate, or $25 for adult general admission only, and $10 for children. Tickets can be purchased at First Caribbean in George Town, Foster’s the Strand, Foster’s Countryside, Hurley’s Grand Harbour, and Kirk Supermarket, North Church Street.

For further information about all Taste of Cayman 2007 events and ticketing, contact the Cayman Islands Tourism Association, telephone (345) 949-8522, fax (345) 946-8522, email [email protected] or write P.O. Box 31086, Grand Cayman KY1-1205, Cayman Islands.