Go out for dinner, come home with a fully-decorated, gift-laden Christmas tree this weekend. That’s what’s on the agenda for those who purchase tickets to the Festival of Trees Gala Dinner on Saturday, 24 November.
The eighth annual Festival of Trees has been running all week at Camana Bay, but the gala dinner and auction is the culmination of the event.
Each year, the Little Cayman-based Central Caribbean Marine Institute holds the Festival of Trees, partly to celebrate another successful year of work. But also to raise money so that it can continue the valuable work it does in the fields of marine research, conservation and education.
Throughout the week, the public has been able to view the collection of beautifully decorated trees in Camana Bay. Each tree has been sponsored by a local business or organisation, which not only adorns the tree with tinsel and lights, but also loads it up with gifts.
At the gala dinner, which is being held in the Arts and Recreation Centre, the trees will be auctioned off. In addition to being able to take home a tree, complete with decorations and gifts, guests attending the gala dinner can expect a feast of flavours, with food being provided by a variety of Camana Bay’s restaurants including Abacus, Karoo, Black Trumpet, Ortanique, Michael’s Genuine and Frosted Robin.
For those who have not yet tried lionfish this might be your chance to do so. The CCMI organised a lionfish culling tournament last weekend, with the idea that the fish caught could be served as part of the dinner. Catching lionfish is an example of the sustainable solutions that CCMI is keen to promote: catching and eating lionfish not only means that one can enjoy fresh seafood without putting pressure on already depleted fish stocks, but it also means it removes more of this invasive species from our reefs.
Tickets for the gala dinner are $150 per person, and tables seat 10. To reserve your ticket e-mail [email protected]