Popular with farm-to-table advocates, foodies and budding chefs, Slow Food Day returns for its fifth year on Saturday, April 16, as a partnership between Camana Bay and Slow Food South Sound. This year’s event raises awareness and funds for Food Revolution Cayman, the Cayman chapter of the movement founded by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, which encourages the use of fresh food and cooking from scratch.
Award winning chefs
While previous Slow Food Days have seen one international guest chef in attendance, Slow Food Day 2016 will see two award-winning U.S. chefs taking part. Edward Lee from 610 Magnolia in Louisville, KY, and Mike Lata from FIG in Charleston, SC will join local farmers and restaurants, as well as local chefs Tanya Foster and Keith Griffin, during the event, which is appropriately themed “Savour the South.”
The day-long affair will begin with a free-to-attend Farmers Market on The Paseo from 10 a.m. – noon which includes chef demonstrations and tastings from local restaurants.
Farmer-chef pairings are arranged, which Alan Markoff, convivium leader of Slow Food South Sound, said help to foster new and stronger relationships between farmers and chefs.
“One important reason there has been such growth in Cayman’s farming industry over the past six years or so is that more restaurants have started using locally-grown ingredients. This has increased demand for the farmers, giving them the confidence to make investments in expanding their operations, which in turn gives residents more local choices at the farmers’ market and grocery store,” Markoff said.
A Kids’ Culinary Challenge will also take place in Gardenia Court from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Net proceeds from the Culinary Challenge will benefit the Seed2Plate school program, a partnership between Food Revolution Cayman, Slow Food South Sound and the YMCA. The program has so far planted a garden at Red Bay Primary,
with plans for other public schools.
Dining under the stars
The evening will consist of an al fresco southern-inspired farm-to-table dinner on The Crescent from 7 p.m. The restaurants of Camana Bay, plus guest chefs, will provide the feast, which is complete with welcome cocktails, passed canapés, a special bourbon tasting, sustainable wine, five entrée stations and a dessert bar. Light music is also provided. $5 from each ticket will be donated to the Food Revolution Seed2Plate school program.
“Slow Food Day celebrates Grand Cayman’s farmers and highlights locally produced food ingredients in a way that everyone can relate to: through eating,” explained Markoff.
The Food Revolution Kids’ Culinary Challenge is $20 for children 4 and older, with registration available through Bon Vivant at 623-2665 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The Farm-to-Table Dinner is $150 per person.
Tickets are available on camanabay.com or, for cash only, at Bon Vivant.