The annual Taste of Cayman food and wine festival is scheduled for Saturday, 28 January, 2012, and organisers with the Cayman Islands Tourism Association are encouraging people to get involved.
It will be the 24th annual event and since its inception it has grown to handle more than 35 restaurants and 4,000 people keen to sample the fare on offer.
“Each year, the event grows and changes to reflect the direction we are moving,” said Trina Savage-Christian, executive director.
“We are excited to be able to put on such a wonderful event that is one of the largest and best food and wine experiences in the Caribbean. The event has reached this level because of the incredible efforts of founding fathers like Mike Flowers and the many more who followed in his path. With each contributor comes new ideas, exciting developments, and thanks to sponsorship and partners such as Camana Bay, it has achieved the level it is at today.”
The association advises there are opportunities for companies and residents to take part in the event. Sponsorship opportunities exist, starting with the $500 sugar bowl sponsorship up to bronze fork, silver spoon and golden fork levels. Many things are available for sponsorship including the bamboo spork which is given to attendees, plus wine glass lanyards, entertainment and the lionfish cooking demo. The association can be contacted on 949-8522 or [email protected] That’s also where to get in touch if you are keen to get onto the database for volunteering as an individual for future festivals.
Of course, the community culinary charity showcase of Taste of Cayman is part of Culinary Month, which also includes the annual Cayman Cookout and bespoke nights elsewhere. This foodie month is designed to help Cayman be recognised as the culinary capital of the Caribbean. Businesses are invited to contact the tourism association with event ideas or interest in hosting an event.
Current ideas from the association include beer tasting and cooking classes, a wine and cheese night, tapas night, rum tasting, edible art classes, kids cooking classes and/or a pizza cookoff. Other ideas were a George Town dine-around, lionfish hunts and cookouts and beach BBQs.