Tourists give street fair the thumbs up

Visitors get a taste of Cayman’s food and crafts

Cruise ship visitors dug into Cayman’s cuisine and enjoyed its culture at Cardinall Avenue’s ongoing Thursday street fair. 

The weekly event, organized by the Pirates Week Festival Committee and vendors, showcases the islands’ culinary traditions, crafts and music. 

Caymanian cook Corita Mendoza, owner of Corita’s Copper Kettle, offered up her famous turtle stew. 

Crafters from East End demonstrated their talents and gave tourists a brief history of thatch-making traditions. 

Michael Lemay played Steel Pan Jam while Chef John Jefferson Jr. cooked up succulent barbecue ribs on the spot. 

The event was a hit with tourists. 

“This is my second time in the Cayman Islands and the first time seeing the street fair,” said vacationer Maya Walker. “The food and drinks were absolutely delicious. I tried the fried fish, beans and rice and potato salad and swanky.” 

Ricko Sims said he loved the people and jerk pork, while Safira Sims said she tried the fall-off-the-bone ribs, jerk, corn and rice and beans. “It was absolutely amazing,” she said. 

Cayman’s vendors were just as pleased. 

Darlene Manzanares of Yolanni’s Place said the weekly street festival provides an opportunity for small businesses to present their cuisine and arts and crafts. 

“We make extra money that is so need[ed] in these times. We welcome it and thank the government and the Pirates Week Committee for putting it together,” she said. 

Chef Jefferson Jr., who helped organize the event, said, “What we are trying to do is to promote the local products on the island. It has really been very successful. We have a steady group of vendors, but if other vendors would like to join in, we are willing to accommodate them.” 

He added, “I think the day is good for tourists because it’s not only local foods and crafts being presented, but music and the opportunity to speak with locals in a feel-good atmosphere.” 

Cruise passengers Veronica Henderson and friend John Watson enjoyed Cayman’s local food. 

Mr. Watson said he liked the location of the fair – just opposite the cruise ship. 

“I tried the fried fish and it was really delicious,” Ms. Henderson said. 

Cruise ship passengers purchase local food at Yolanni

Cruise ship passengers purchase local food at Yolanni’s stall during Thursday’s street fair on Cardinall Avenue. – Photo: Jewel Levy

Ricko Sims, Safira Sims, Maya Walker and Erik Walker meet Chef John

Ricko Sims, Safira Sims, Maya Walker and Erik Walker meet Chef John’s fall-off-the-bone barbecue ribs. – Photos: Jewel Levy

Visitors check out some arts and crafts.

Visitors check out some arts and crafts.

Cruise ship passengers, from left, Juliane Domigan, Ryan Domigan, Bryan Darling, Matt Johnson and Katie Cunningham give local street foods the thumbs up.

Cruise ship passengers, from left, Juliane Domigan, Ryan Domigan, Bryan Darling, Matt Johnson and Katie Cunningham give local street foods the thumbs up.
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