Food, glorious food on offer at Agriculture Show

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From turtle soup and jerk chicken to conch fritters and curried goat, the Cayman Islands’ Agriculture Show promises to be a mouth-watering demonstration of what local farmers and chefs can do.

Organiser Kerry Forbes, of the Cayman Islands Agricultural Society, said the enduring appeal of the event was simple: “Food, food and more food.”

Thousands of visitors are expected to pass through the gates of the annual farmers’ showcase, the largest single-day event of the year, on Wednesday.

As well as home-grown food, visitors will be treated to rodeo-style horse shows, a canine demonstration and a cook-off involving young local chefs.

There will also be a beautiful baby contest, cattle and livestock displays and entertainment from a host of local bands.

Ms Forbes said the event was one of the biggest days on the social calendar for Caymanians. But she insisted it was also an important opportunity for farmers to promote their business and network with restaurants and supermarkets.

“It’s a great opportunity to showcase our farmers and for them to do some marketing and get people eating local.

“We know we can’t rely on the rest of the world to feed the Cayman Islands population. We have to do some things ourselves.

“There is so much that people don’t realize is grown locally here.”

Everyone from backyard growers to major livestock farmers will be represented at the event. A farmers’ interactive tent will give people the chance to meet local growers and see what the working life is like for a farmer in Cayman.

Premier Juliana O’Connor-Connolly and Governor Duncan Taylor will be among the judges for a cooking competition involving young chefs from the tourism apprenticeship programme.

The premier, who is also minister for agriculture, urged people to come out on Wednesday and enjoy everything the event had to offer.

She said: “I am a proponent of ‘grow what you eat and eat what you grow’. Agriculture is one of the most important industries as it fulfils life’s most essential need, that of food.”

“I would like to encourage the public to come out and see what’s going on in the farming community. It’s an opportunity for all to encourage our farmers, learn more about the sector and have a great deal of family fun in the process.”

The event opens at 8am at the Agriculture Grounds in Lower Valley. The opening ceremony takes place at 10am

Raffle tickets, including admission and a chance of winning $20,000, cost $25. General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children aged between two and 12. Ticket outlets are Funky Tangs, A.L. Thompson’s, Agriculture Society members, South Coast Bar and Restaurant, Meringue Town and Cayman Coating.

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Animals abound at the ag show.
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