Taste of Cayman is finally here

Cayman has proven throughout 2012 so far that it has access to the talent, the ability and the drive to create and share great food with the world. 

The latest, and in many ways greatest, expression of this is at Taste of Cayman 2012 at Camana Bay on Saturday, 28 January, from 5pm onwards.  

The food festival is in its 24th year and is an annual opportunity for locals and tourists to sample a kaleidoscope of dishes and drinks from the 45 restaurants and beverage providers involved.  


How it works 

Vendors charge one to four tickets per portion depending on what they’re serving. Additional food tickets are available at one of four ticket booths within the festival or at the main gate. 

Every adult ticket holder will receive a free Taste of Cayman wine glass upon entry to the festival and a complimentary wine pour as well as a wine lanyard to hold your wine glass.  

To avoid thousands of plastic forks and spoons hitting the landfill, the committee will provide reusable bamboo sporks to adult ticket holders. Over 3,500 people are expected to attend the 2012 festival. 


Mojito Lounge 

The premium rum of Flor de Cana will be used for the mojitos and will make these drinks an unforgettable part of the Taste of Cayman experience. Bartenders from Elements mix up your mojitos joined by a DJ from X107. 


Rehydration Stations 

Stay hydrated and enjoy the best tasting water, thanks to Flowers Bottled Water, which will have six water coolers throughout the festival. 


The Hangout 

Sports bar fans can catch the game on TVs in a lounge, compliments of WestStar TV, and enjoy some of Cayman’s greatest pub food along with a full bar in this sports bar lounge hosted by Cayman Distributors.  

The Home Gas Lionfish Cooking Demonstrations 

Local chefs will take turns at demonstrating lionfish prep and cooking demonstrations at the outdoor kitchen by Bon Vivant. Learn more about the invasive lionfish that are plaguing Cayman’s waters and learn how to cook them up. This feature is sponsored by Home Gas. Demos run from 5.30pm to 8pm.  


All Things Cayman 

Truly get a Taste of Cayman at this lounge featuring traditional Caymanian crafts, music and decor. Have a chance to taste competing bakers as they dish out their version of Cayman’s traditional Heavy Cake in order to take home the prize of Best Heavy Cake 2012. The Department of Tourism is the sponsor. 


Be a winner 

Get your ballot at the entry gate. Simply complete the requested information, visit Booth No. 37 and drop your completed ballot into the raffle drum between 5pm and 11pm. Prizes include first class tickets on Cayman Airways to a Florida gateway with two-nights accommodations, an espresso coffee maker, a bottle of coconut rum from Seven Fathoms Rum and much more. 


Participating restaurants 

Abacus; Agua Restaurant & Lounge; Blackbeard’s Liquors; Black Trumpet; The Brasserie; Breezes By the Bay; Brick House; Cayman Islands Brewery; Chicken! Chicken!; Cimboco; Cobalt Coast; Dairy Queen; Deckers; Dog House; Grand Old House; Hammerheads; Island Taste Restaurant; Karma; KARoo; Lobster Pot; Margaritaville; Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink; Ortanique; Pelican’s Reef; Periwinkle by The Ritz-Carlton; Premier Wines & Spirits; Prime; Rum Point Club; Seven Fathoms Rum; Seven Mile Sticky Toffee Cake; Sol Bar by the Marriott; Small Occasions Catering; Tortugas; Tukka; The Westin Resort & Spa (Ferdinand’s Caribbean Cafe); XQ’s. 


Taste of Cayman Ellusion 

Enter the Taste of Cayman in style with the Taste of Sparkling Elusion. Arrive at Camana Bay as a VIP via yacht after a lovely two-hour sunset charter with tapas and unlimited glasses of sparkling bubbly Prosecco. Let your taste buds run wild with the Local taste of Cayman’s Marinated Conch, Smoked wahoo with pickled onion, caper, and tomatoes, local heirloom tomato gazpacho, slow roasted pork with local vegetable giardiniera and scotch bonnet aioli and to add a touch of sweetness, coconut bars; all done by Michael Genuine Restaurant. Then you are free to experience the incredible tastes, sights and sounds of Taste of Cayman. CI$130 including entry to Taste of Cayman. 


Schedule of demonstrations: 

5.30pm, Chef Indika (Guy Harvey’s); 5.45pm, Chef Ron (Tukka); 6.15pm, Chef Thomas (Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink); 6.45pm Chef Louise (Bon Vivant, Technical Demonstration); 7pm and 7.30pm, Chef Dora (Cobalt Coast Resort) 


All things Cayman schedule: 

5pm, surprise opening act; 6.10pm, Clever Knots; 6.50pm, Heavy Cake Competition winners announced; 7pm, BaCKBeAt; 8pm, BluWater; 9pm, I Am; 9.40pm, Regeneration; 10.40pm, Bona Fide. 


Main schedule 

5pm, Gates open; 5pm – 10pm, food served; 5pm – 11pm, Photo Booth and ballot drop-off for Prize Draw; 7.45pm, Fireworks; 10pm, voting for Cayman’s favourite restaurant closes; 11.45pm, festival site closes. 

Call the Cayman Islands Tourism Association on 949-8522 or email [email protected] Purchase tickets at www.caymanboxoffice.com for the pre-event price of CI$35. 

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Flag up this event for outstanding eats. – Photo: File

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  1. Let’s see how it improves compared to last year. Two things which I found ridiculous last year were:

    – what’s the purpose of conducting event in Camana Bay if you still try to cram all people in Crescent only. Last time it started ok around 5pm, but by 7-8pm it was extremely difficult even just to move around becuase it was extremely crowded. Especially for those with children. My point was – why not using larget territory? At first I thought that this wasn’t done because of other businesses which didn’t want to participate, but – even some businesses in the very heart of event didn’t participate and were able to continue serving clients as if nothing happens around – namely Ortanique.

    – who came up with a bright idea of selling 1 food tickets AND 1 drink tickets? Why not just universal 1 TICKETS? What’s the purpose? I did try to understand – the only explanation I was able to think of was that organizers could get one or two additional dollars only because some people were left with leftovers of drink and food tickets which they couldn’t use and couldn’t convert. But don’t worry, guys, as for me – I gave away my leftover tickets to other people, hopefully everbody else did the same.

    Let’s see how it works out this year.