This year’s Taste will be held on Saturday, April 6, at the Festival Green, Camana Bay.
The festival, organised by CITA, was originally scheduled to be held Saturday Jan. 26, but was rescheduled due to inclement weather.
The Taste is Cayman's largest and longest running culinary celebration. This year it will celebrate it’s 31st year. What began in the late 80s as the Chili Cook Off, the festival has now grown to encompass more than 40 restaurants, bars, and vendors, along with some 5,000 attendees.
“After the enormous success of the 30th anniversary celebrations of Taste of Cayman in 2018, we’re looking forward to continuing the island’s fabulous and longest running food and drink festival in January,” Tiffany Dixon-Ebanks, CITA executive director said.
“Grand Cayman is renowned for not only its amazing local cuisine, but for the diverse food and drink offerings we are lucky enough to have here. Taste of Cayman brings together locals and visitors for one amazing night under the stars to celebrate everything we love about island life.” Ms. Dixon-Ebanks added.
This year’s event will include an expanded All Things Cayman area, featuring a selection of cultural and traditional elements such as steel pan demonstrations, folk singers and rope craft, giving attendees the opportunity to embrace everything we love about island life. Other popular elements will include the annual Heavy Cake Competition, the Seven Fathoms Mixology Competition, and the Amateur Chef Cook-Off.
The VIP hospitality lounge will allow foodie lovers the chance to enjoy the event in style, with an air-conditioned lounge, private bar, DJ, as well as express entry into the festival and private parking.
Immersive and hands-on experiences will be held in The Experience Room, allowing guests to enjoy culinary demonstrations and mixology classes up close and personal with the experts. Experiences will include dining in the dark, iguana and lionfish cooking demonstrations, rum tasting with Seven Fathoms, and the opportunity to explore Cayman’s local produce with some of the island’s most established growers.
Once again, the event will also include the ever-popular Kid’s Area, offering fun for all the family, including arts and crafts, face painting, and more.
In addition to all the above there will also be live entertainment by local and international acts, including the ever-popular tribute act. Details to be announced shortly.
Each year, CITA support the community through a charity raffle at the Taste. This year’s chosen charity is the National Council of Voluntary Organisation. The grand prize is a round-trip airfare courtesy of Cayman Airways, accommodation, and tickets to the South Beach Wine and Food Festival in Miami, Florida. Raffle tickets are priced at $5.
The event runs from 5 p.m. until 11:45 p.m. General admission tickets are priced at $40 in advance, $50 at the gate. Admission for children aged five to 13 is priced at $20. VIP tickets, which include express entry, 25 food and drink tickets, priority parking, experience room vouchers, welcome drink and canapes and access to the air-conditioned VIP hospitality tent, are priced at $150.