Thousands of gastronauts gathered at
Camana Bay on Saturday for the 23rd annual Taste of Cayman festival.
The food, wine and culture event drew
huge crowds to the Crescent, and all were keen to try the fare on offer. Some
40 of Cayman’s restaurants, food providers and drink experts were on hand, all
offering plates or cups of their wares to a good-natured crowd, as traditional,
experimental and downright delicious flavours intermingled.
Youngsters were delighted by their
special area, including a bouncy castle, while older attendees were treated to
plenty of entertainment, including great dancing and a selection of musicians
who kept the rhythm of the night going.
The popularity of this epicurean
celebration remains undiminished through the many years of its existence, and
the Cayman Islands Tourism Association fundraiser this year was a fitting
culmination to the many highlights of Culinary Month 2011. The aim is for
Cayman to be able to boast the crown as Culinary Capital of the Caribbean, and
judging by the large crowd and delighted faces, that is an ambition that looks
set to be fulfilled.
From the food to the fireworks, from the
mojitos to the meals, Taste of Cayman proved that the Cayman Islands has the
talent and togetherness to stand proud, not just as a Caribbean destination but
on a world level for cuisine.
Diets and New Year’s resolutions may
have been put on ice for the night, but the blend of tourists, locals, chefs,
someliers and those who have come to work and make Cayman a home was testament
to the power of good food, good drinks and good times to bring people together.
At times, it took 20 minutes to walk
from one end of the Crescent to the other, such were the numbers drawn toward
the great vibe of a buzzing event.