Offering a pirate’s booty of ways to eat, drink and be merry, East End and North Side are once again ramping up for their very popular Pirates Week Heritage Days.
Organizers of the East End event taking place on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at Heritage Field are confident East End’s famous cooking will have crowds lined up.
“We have big plans with lots of East End seafood on offer,” said East End Heritage Day Deputy Chair Kendall Connor.
“For instance, we will have whelks, conch, turtle, fish and fritters, and conch soup. And we will also have fresh local beef.”
The festivities kick off at 11 a.m. and gates open at 10:30 a.m.
Mr. Connor says the food is such a draw that, as in past years, he expects plenty of lunch guests from as far away as George Town.
“What’s been happening is that a business will designate a couple of people to come out to the Heritage Day to get lunch for the office,” he explained. “You’ll see people with 20-30 plates, all loaded up in plastic bags they’re taking to their cars. We figured out they get an extended lunch to go on this errand – that’s how good the food is.”
The Heritage Day will also include a display of local artifacts and old-time items, as well as performance of an old-time wedding, starring Heritage Day chair Edney McLean and a “surprise” bride.
There will also be live music performed throughout the day and evening.
The highlight of the afternoon will be the pirate invasion at 5 p.m.
Kids will also have plenty to do at the Kids Corner, which is sponsored by the East End Primary School PTA, with a slide, bouncy castle, hotdogs and other kid-friendly treats.
“We expect most of the community to come out, indeed we have the support of the whole island, maybe because East End is known for such good cooking,” said Mr. Connor.
North Side Heritage Day
The North Side Heritage Day is taking place on Thursday, Nov. 19 at the Water Key public park next to Kaibo, and organizers say they are looking forward to once again having a successful event.
North Side Heritage Day Chair Jay Ebanks noted that admission is free this year, with all day calypso and soca from J.R. Douglas.
The old-time highlights include a working sugar cane mill, as well as rope making and thatch demonstrations. There will also be a gardening display.
“You’ll have a variety of plants and vegetables on show and we’ll be explaining what they were all used for, as well as local gardening tips,” said Mr. Ebanks.
From noon to 5 p.m., Jerris Miller of the Catboat Club will be offering free rides on the Whittaker Cat, sure to be a big hit.
Then there’s the food.
“We have seven different vendors this year selling every kind of Cayman food you can imagine, including turtle, conch, lobster, barbecue chicken and pork, jerk chicken, you name it,” said Mr. Ebanks.
A major highlight this year comes at 7 p.m. when, for the first time, pirates will be arriving by boat.
Fireworks start at 8 p.m.