Born in the late ‘80s, Taste of Cayman is the largest annual fundraiser for the Cayman Islands Tourism Association (CITA). The festival has grown from a small gathering of restaurants into Cayman’s largest foodie event with thousands of festival goers, from both Cayman and further afield, tasting the fare from over 40 restaurants, bars and vendors.

Name change

A staple in Cayman’s social calendar, the festival celebrates its 29th year on Jan. 28, following a recent evolution in its name, from Food and ‘Wine’ Festival to Food and ‘Drink’ Festival, reflecting the wide range of beverages on the menu. Restaurants, bars and vendors from around the island come together for this culinary celebration, serving up delicious dishes and drinks for guests, alongside great live entertainment, fireworks, the Mixology and traditional Heavy Cake competitions, live chef demonstrations, immersive culinary experiences and much more.

“It’s incredible to see how the event has grown from humble roots into what it is today,” says Tiffany Dixon-Ebanks, Executive Director of CITA. “Each restaurant and bar brings with them their own stories, alongside the delicious and diverse food offerings they proudly serve. The festival is a true combination of the islands’ best cuisine.”

General tickets cost $40 ($50 on the gate) and include 12 food and drink tickets. 2017 sees the addition of a VIP area for $150 a ticket, where guests receive entry into the Hospitality Lounge, get 25 food and drink tickets, one experience voucher, welcome drinks and canapes, express entry and a private cash bar. Kids under 5 receive free entry and child tickets (ages 5-13) cost $20.

Taste of Cayman takes place on the Festival Green, Camana Bay from 5-11:45 p.m. Tickets are on sale at Funky Tangs, Tower, Bon Vivant and all Digicel stores or online at tasteofcayman.org/tickets.
For more info visit TasteofCayman.org.