Taste of Cayman: Forks at the ready

Taste of Cayman is here once again, and it’s promising to be bigger and better than ever! It all happens on The Festival Green at Camana Bay, where local band Swanky will be performing, followed by ABBA tribute group “Abbamania”. There will be fantastic food, lots of entertainment, and a fireworks show for the whole family. You won’t want to miss Taste of Cayman 2014.

Organizers say that attendees at the 26th annual Taste of Cayman Food & Wine Festival can expect an assortment of foods that will appeal to just about any palate. At least 35 restaurants and vendors have signed on for Cayman’s premier foodie event, from Mr. Burgers Snacks & Things, Island Taste, Kirk Gourmet Deli and Al La Kebab to Osetra Bay, Periwinkle at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, Grand Old House and Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink.

“Taste of Cayman is indeed a food lover’s dream, and this year we are so excited about the variety of food vendors that will be showcasing their culinary talents and signature dishes for the Cayman public,” says Jane van der Bol, executive director of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association (CITA), the non-profit organization that puts on the festival each year.

“This opportunity to take a culinary tour around the world in one night and one location is a unique one,” she continues, “and combining it with great wines and a party atmosphere boosted by live entertainment from Swanky Kitchen Band and Abbamania [along with] fireworks makes for an enjoyable evening at a very reasonable price.

“Tourists and locals love a good food and wine festival so we look forward to the great community support of this event.”

Thinesh Madhavan, executive sous chef at the Westin Grand Cayman is preparing for his fifth Taste of Cayman event and says it gets better every year. 

“This is probably the most unique culinary event in the Cayman Islands, with [participants] from some of the best restaurants on the island,” says Thinesh.

“It’s a great outdoor venue and setup that allows for thousands of people to go from tent to tent sampling food and drinks of all different styles.”

This year Chef Thinesh and his team at the Westin will be serving up lamb lollipops with mint cucumber salsa fresca and creamy truffle polenta.

“Cayman’s Favourite Restaurant” winner, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, will present a variety of dishes from its two booths, including dessert. 

“Our approach has served us well in previous years: serve fresh, simple food that not only represents our cuisine, but represents the seasonality of local agriculture and conservation efforts,” says Jessica Cohen, manager at Michael’s Genuine.

Tickets are on sale now for $35 per person ($45 on day of event) and can be purchased online at tasteofcayman.org, or at Books and Books, all Blackbeard’s and Big Daddy’s locations and the Cayman Islands Tourism Association Office.

For more information about the 2014 Taste of Cayman Food & Wine Festival, log on to tasteofcayman.org,
email [email protected] or call 949.8522.