Cayman gives thanks at Agriculture Grounds

Cayman’s official celebration of Thanksgiving on Saturday at the Agriculture Grounds in Lower Valley drew residents and tourists to a bountiful farmers market.  

Caymanian vendors selling vegetables, fruits, plants and Cayman-style food got a chance to show their wares along with some local craft-makers.  

Although government did not designate Cayman’s Thanksgiving as a national holiday until last year, the Caymanian version of Thanksgiving has been unofficially celebrated since 2011. The idea for it is usually credited to Cabinet Secretary Samuel Rose – although Mr. Rose gives credit to his wife for the plan. 

Mr. Rose, who attended Saturday’s festivities, said a number of Caymanian business and community leaders, including Shomari Scott, Pilar Bush and Dan Scott, also supported the idea from its inception.  

“Here in Cayman, we celebrate Thanksgiving just after the end of Hurricane Season [Nov. 30 for the Atlantic Season],” Mr. Rose said Saturday. “If we’re all still here after that, we have something to be thankful for.”  

Minister of Community Affairs, Youth and Sports Osbourne Bodden also attended Saturday’s gathering, where it was noted that as part of the holiday, Caymanians are encouraged to invite a non-Caymanian into their home to introduce them to Caymanian culture and to share a Caymanian meal. “And possibly teach them how to make it,” Mr. Bodden said.  

Cayman Thanksgiving at the Lower Valley Agriculture Grounds gave local farmers and gardeners a chance to show off their wares. - Photos: Brent Fuller

Cayman Thanksgiving at the Lower Valley Agriculture Grounds gave local farmers and gardeners a chance to show off their wares. – Photos: Brent Fuller

Local food is a big part of Cayman Thanksgiving. - Photo: Brent Fuller

Local food is a big part of Cayman Thanksgiving. – Photo: Brent Fuller

Ivolyn Thomas carefully handles some of the world

Ivolyn Thomas carefully handles some of the world’s hottest peppers, Scotch Bonnets, at the fairgrounds on Saturday.
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