Mayfest a feast of color, dance and food


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Filipino dancers, whole roast pigs, Guyana roti, Cayman mangoes, turtle stew, jerk chicken, plants, popcorn and jewelry – the Bodden Town Heritage Committee Mayfest event on Monday had it all. 

It drizzled and then the sun came out and people arrived in droves for the annual gathering that is growing in popularity each year. 

Filipinos, Nicaraguans and Indians, among others, came dressed in colorful costumes and ready to dance, taking to the stage to entertain the crowd with traditional and modern performances.  

Children strolled the grounds sampling all the goodies. Kids dressed in colorful costumes stood in line for snow cones as parents queued up to try local food sold by vendors from the diverse nationalities represented.  

“It was a wonderful day,” said Betty Wood, a Heritage Committee member. “It was fabulous and everyone enjoyed themselves. We had lots of things going on and the Filipinos did an excellent job. Everyone was in good spirits and happy and we got to see many people we don’t normally get to see that often.” 

A gift rack hoisted in the air and loaded with chips, sweets and other goodies had children jumping high to grab the freebies. Visitors feasted on fried fish, conch stew, food from Guyana, Jamaica, Cayman, the Philippines, Belize, Nicaragua and Brazil, among other places. 

“The Brazil beefsteak was the best I ever had in my life. All the food was good and the Filipinos put on a good show,” said Pedro Watler, a Heritage Committee member. 

John Lewis won the first prize of 22 yards of concrete stone. Sheldon Scott won a piglet and Roger Tatum won a $200 cleaning service. 

The Bodden Town Mayfest, held on Discovery Day, is an annual family-oriented outdoor event with music, arts and food. The organizing committee’s aim is to promote harmony among Cayman’s diverse nationalities and give various communities an opportunity to socialize together.  

Cayman’s Filipino community and other Cayman nationalities put on a good show at Bodden Town Heritage Committee MayFest celebrations at Harry McCoy Park on Discovery Day, Monday. -Photo: Jewel Levy