The eastern districts are ramping up for their ever popular Pirates Week Heritage Day festivals.
East End offers up an array of mouth-watering local foods seasoned with loads of culture, heritage and tradition during the district’s Heritage Day celebrations.
The festivities kick off on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m. and gates open at 10:30 a.m.
“We have big plans for the day,” said Edney McLean, chairman of the East End Heritage Day Committee.
“There will be a replica of an old Cayman home with its pretty white-sand front yard, medicinal plant garden and footpath with freshly collected conch shells leading right up to the front door.”
He said there will also a DJ competition, “good eats from the east,” kids’ activities, arts and crafts, artifacts from Cayman’s earlier days and much more.
According to Mr. McLean, East End has much to offer when it comes to promoting the district’s cultural heritage. For the enjoyment of visitors, he said, the organizers have assembled a team of local vendors, products, music, performers, art, artifacts and the best food cookers the east end of the island has to offer.
Ten food stalls will be serving a variety of good eats from the east, such as stew turtle, conch, lobster, crab and heavy cakes.
During the day, an opening prayer and welcoming remarks will kick off the events, all taking place at the beach side of East End Heritage Field, opposite the East End Community Park.
Mr. McLean said the day will also include a number of other historical demonstrations relating to yesteryear.
An animal farm with live goats, pigs, chickens, Cayman rabbits, and other farm animals is sure to be a hit.
“With the arrival of all the high power people, we will welcome them with a guided tour of the displays and exhibitions,” Mr. McLean said.
For the children, there will be skipping ropes, a bouncy castle and a wide variety of snacks.
There will be a DJ competition taking place all day and into the night, with the party culminating with five or six DJs spinning into the late hours.
The North Side Heritage Day is taking place on Friday, Nov. 18, at the Water Key public park next to Kaibo.
The festivities kick off at 11 a.m. and are expected to continue until 2 a.m.
The old-time highlights include a working sugar cane mill, as well as rope making and thatch demonstrations. There will also be a gardening demonstration by Hal Miller.
Nighttime highlights will feature international Soca artists Mr. Killa and Shurwayne Winchester.
“For us, it is one of the largest Friday nights you will see for Pirates Week, especially on a district level and we want a lot of people to come and enjoy themselves,” said chairman of the North Side Heritage Day Committee, Jay Ebanks.
The day will also feature a craft market, cotton candy, local foods, bouncing castle, face painting and live music.
North Side Primary School Year 6 students will also be putting on a series of games for visitors to win prizes. Proceeds collected will go toward the students’ class trip.
From noon to 5 p.m., Kem Jackson and Jerris Miller of the Catboat Club will be offering schoolchildren free rides on the Whittaker Cat.
Then there’s the food.
There will be vendors selling Cayman food, including turtle, conch, lobster, barbecue chicken and pork and jerk chicken.
For the evening dance, gates open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children. Early bird tickets can be purchased from Funky Tang’s, Mr. G’s, Reflections Liquor for Less or at the Wyndham Resort in East End. All major credit cards are accepted at the gate.