January is becoming the most delicious month in the Caribbean and that is in no small part due to the growing brilliance of Culinary Month.
The idea was to make Cayman the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean and build on the great reputation that the Islands have for top-class restaurants both international and local.
The festivities all begin on 9 January, the first day it’s possible to take advantage of the Sunset, Fly, Dine event – a sunset helicopter tour followed by dinner at the Lobster Pot. The offer runs every day aside from Sundays until 18 February.
A jewel in the culinary year is the Cayman Cookout, which is largely based around the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman and Camana Bay. Join Chef Eric Ripert for a weekend celebrating food, wine and the natural beauty of the Caribbean.
An incomparable roster of world famous chefs, wine experts and spirits blenders will offer tastings, demonstrations, tours and dinners that celebrate the barefoot elegance that only the Cayman Islands can deliver. Events take place during daytimes and evenings hour by hour from 12 to 15 January.
Lionfish and Latin nights
Agua gets in on the act on Wednesday, 18 January with an evening of Fresh Cayman Lobster and Conch. You can’t get fresher than that!
Lionfish Hunts and preparation demos by Chef Dora with wine tasting by Chef Ajay are the order of the day on 19 and 26 January and 2 February with Divetech at Cobalt Coast in West Bay. Learn about the invasive species, take a one-tank dive to catch them then learn how to prepare the very tasty fish for dinner.
Head to the Casa Havana at Westin Casuarina for the Latin Night under the Stars of Cayman – there’ll be wines from Chile and Argentina and the fab Ron Zacapa from Guatemala on the night of Friday, 20 January.
The very next day you can choose from a rum tour and pirate sail courtesy of Seven Fathoms and the Jolly Roger from 5pm or a Dine by Design BBQ at public beach where Al La Kebab will be showcasing Caribbean, Asian, Latin and North American methods and flavours.
Then there’s Margarita Monday on 23 January at Margaritaville, whilst from 10am the same day – National Heroes Day, the great Fish Tea Cook-off at Colliers Public Beach features cooks from all districts.
The best possible taste
Rock up at Taste of Cayman in style on Saturday, 28 January on the Taste of Sparkling Elusion two hour luxury sunset charter, then enjoy the cornucopia of sights, sounds, smells and tastes from 5pm at Camana Bay waterfront for the Taste of Cayman Food and Wine Festival.
With over 30 restaurants from the Cayman Islands participating, there is food and drink for everyone. Feast your eyes and your stomach with culinary creations from restaurants of all types, enjoy the famed mudslide or locally crafted brews and spirits, dance the night away in one of the themed lounges and enjoy live music and Caymanian culture at its best. Taste of Cayman is one of the largest epicurean festivals in the Caribbean–and one of the best! WH