ABBA tribute band at Taste of Cayman

A tribute act to the ‘70s Swedish pop group ABBA will be the headline entertainment at the Taste of Cayman Food and Wine Festival. 

ABBA Mania and local group Swanky Kitchen Band have been announced as the entertainment for the event on Feb. 8 at Festival Green in Camana Bay. Some of the proceeds from the festival will go to the Feed our Future, which provides meals for schoolchildren. Festival-goers will have an opportunity to donate to the charity by handing in their unused food tickets. The value of each food ticket will be donated to Feed our Future. 

The organizer, the Cayman Islands Tourism Association, says the promotion gives festival-goers the chance to help out while having fun.  


‘An amazing concert’ 

“We are thrilled about the entertainment we have planned for the 2014 Taste of Cayman Food & Wine Festival because we think it will enhance the festival experience for the attendees, sponsors and vendors alike,” said Jane van der Bol, executive director of CITA. “Both of these acts have local and international appeal, so festival-goers will enjoy a full day followed by an amazing concert.” 

The Festival will also feature a chef, mixology and heavy cake competitions, a demo kitchen and fireworks. 

Of the two headline bands, CITA said in a news release: “ABBA Mania is rated as the number one ABBA production in the world. With authentic costumes and incredible vocals, they perform songs such as ‘Waterloo,’ ‘Fernando,’ ‘S.O.S,’ ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘Dancing Queen.’ 

“Swanky Kitchen Band has been called the musical guardians of Caymanian culture, a designation that the group proudly embraces.”  

Originally formed by Samuel Rose (violin), Nicholas Johnson (guitar), Daniel Augustine (drums), along with Paula Scott (grater/shakers) and Stanley Ebanks (percussion), the group has also added Lammie Seymour (bass), Jonathan Ebanks (lead guitar), KK Alese (vocals), Devon Edie (sax) and Jeffrey Wilson (vocals).  

For more information, call 949-8522.