Tasty event returns to Festival Green

Delectable bites can be found everywhere
Delectable bites can be found everywhere

January is apparently all about the food. Forks have barely hit the sink before it’s time for Taste of Cayman, and this year promises to be a doozy.

The Cayman Islands Tourism Association is getting ready for yet another popular event on Saturday, promising delicious food, refreshing beverages and fantastic entertainment.


Tribute band Classics In Concert and local band Heat featuring Shameka Clarke will provide the musical entertainment for the 2016 Taste of Cayman on the Festival Green, Camana Bay.

Flying in from Canada, Classics In Concert is three acts that cover Tina Turner, Elton John and Rod Stewart. The trio will perform the biggest hits from these mega-stars and will take the stage after Heat.

Heat offers a dynamic blend of musical styles based on the Caribbean rhythms of each member’s heritage. A popular addition at hotels, nightclubs, Pirates Week, Batabano and other events around the island, the group’s repertoire covers West Indian music as well as American pop hits and even some oldies. Heat has also represented Cayman overseas as guests of the Department of Tourism.

Cayman's hotels and resorts get in on the action.
Cayman’s hotels and resorts get in on the action.

“We’re going to do a fun and entertaining set of Caribbean favorites and an oldie or two, which is sure to keep the attention focused on the stage the entire time,” said Heat band member Clive Rosteing.

“We intend to leave the audience happy, satisfied and certainly wanting more.”
Tiffany Dixon-Ebanks, executive director of CITA, said the entertainment “will enhance the festival experience” for everyone. “Both the tribute band and Heat will appeal to a wide cross section of festival-goers who will enjoy a full evening followed by an amazing concert. We invite everyone to come for the food and stay for the party.”

This is the day to put the diet on hold.
This is the day to put the diet on hold.

Festival details

Just as in past years, brightly decorated restaurant booths and bars will be spread out over the Festival Green. Ticket holders can go hog wild by collecting sample plates, and then head to the tables and chairs provided to chow down on their bounty. The key is to pace yourself, otherwise you won’t get the maximum benefit of all that variety.

Go early to spread your feast out over the day.

The festival will also feature a chef competition, demo kitchen, the Seven Fathoms Rum mixology competition, heavy cake competition, fireworks sponsored by Massive and a photo booth sponsored by Flava magazine.

Thai Orchid is always color coordinated.
Thai Orchid is always color coordinated.

Photo booth

The Flava photo booth is a must-visit at Taste of Cayman. Why? Because there is a fantastic prize to be won just by posing for an entertaining photo!

  • Look for the Flava flags and you’ll find the booth
  • Grab one or several of the props and pose for the camera
  • Find your photo uploaded on the Internet (you’ll get the link at the booth)
  • Start getting some likes for your photo
  • The most likes by Feb. 1 wins the grand prize!
They know they’re going to be popular.
They know they’re going to be popular.

The prize is a sunset cruise on a Red Sail catamaran to Rum Point restaurant with dinner and wine for 10 people, followed by a private limousine with Grand Limousine Services for the return journey.

Adult tickets are on sale for $40; youth (ages 5–17) tickets are $20. Tickets can be purchased at Celebrations in Camana Bay, Cathy Church’s Photo Centre, Funky Tangs, Bon Vivant in Camana Bay, Acorn Publishing (Alissta Towers), Office Supply, Digicel (Camana Bay and waterfront outlets) and the CITA office on West Bay Road. Children under 5 come in free. Drink tickets can also be purchased in advance at the CITA office.

For more information, log on to www.tasteofcayman.org, email [email protected] or call 949-8522.