On Thursday, Nov. 22, many people in Cayman will sit down together in celebration of Thanksgiving. While the day is an American holiday, in Cayman Thanksgiving has been adopted to give thanks for Cayman’s many blessings. Although not an official holiday in Cayman, Thanksgiving exists in the form of a certain gratefulness each November, whether observers adorn their tables with Caribbean cuisine or turkey dinners.
Whatever way you celebrate Thanksgiving in Cayman, here are a few establishments on island who can help make sure your Thanksgiving is simply delicious.
At The Westin Grand Cayman Resort & Spa, the spirit of Thanksgiving extends to every corner as five different bars and restaurants, each with their own unique Thanksgiving offerings, ensure everyone will find a way to celebrate.
On Nov. 22 and 23, Tortuga Beach Grill and Bar features an a la carte menu offering a North American-style Thanksgiving dinner complete with sage and thyme roasted turkey breast; a cornbread, sausage, and apple dressing; cranberry chutney; and more. There restaurant also holds a special Thanksgiving dinner on the beach on Nov. 22 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cayman Coffee Exchange provides a series of Thanksgiving specials that includes salads, sandwiches, sides, entrees, and desserts, while the Catboat Bar is offering special bar snacks and appetisers.
Visit the Beach House on Nov. 22 for two special dining experiences: Thanksgiving dinner from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., with a four-course, fixed-price menu and an a la carte menu, and, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Thanksgiving Family Beach Table Dinner.
For those who can’t get enough, Ferdinand’s Caribbean Café is hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet on Nov. 22, from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. A variety of stations will provide mouthwatering delights, from carved meats including turkey and island snapper, to decadent desserts such as pumpkin pie.
With its farm-to-table dinners, Cayman Cabana offers one of the most convivial locations to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. Two separate feasts on different dates will allow participants to celebrate the holiday alongside the rest of the community.
On Thursday, Nov. 22, at 7:30 p.m., the restaurant will be offering a dinner of classic favourites including local roasted chicken, wing bean casserole with coconut bacon, sweet potato soup, bread stuffing from Cayman Brac Bakery, local jams, and homemade pumpkin pie. The dinner is $60 per person, or $80 with wine.
Cayman Cabana is also embracing Cayman Thanksgiving, a December celebration which is rising in popularity and aims to bring a local identity to Thanksgiving. On Dec. 1 and 2 (the start of lobster season), guests can enjoy a brunch with numerous locally inspired dishes and a series of cocktails and bubbles.
With an open deck located directly on the oceanfront, Cayman Cabana immerses guests in the beauty of Cayman’s blue waters and allows them to catch the soft breezes blowing in from the sea. It’s a setting that shows what it means to experience Thanksgiving in Cayman.
Casanova’s by the Sea
Located right on the waterfront, Casanova’s by the Sea is among the restaurants serving up a delicious Thanksgiving menu. On Nov. 22, traditional Thanksgiving dishes will appear alongside the restaurant’s selection of fine Italian cuisine.
Gaze out at the azure seas and enjoy the elegant Italian atmosphere, complete with an in-house harpist, as you dine in one of Cayman’s finest establishments. With both Caribbean scenery and an upscale environment, it’s a cozy location to gather with family and celebrate.
Thanksgiving is a time to usher in the holiday season, an activity at which Camana Bay excels. From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, a series of festivities takes place surrounding the annual Christmas tree lighting which begins at 6 p.m.
The festivities include music and live entertainment, in addition to the lighting of the Christmas tree. Standing at the edge of the harbour, between rows of buildings, Camana Bay’s Christmas tree has become an iconic festive feature of Seven Mile Beach. Also, don’t miss the special appearance by Santa Claus!
It’s also in November that the weekly Farmers & Artisans Market is transformed into an even cheerier form. Find handmade souvenirs, and other items of many varieties, all with a charming holiday theme.
Agua may be one of Cayman’s favoured seafood restaurants, but it can also be a place to enjoy a delicious holiday meal on Nov. 22.
For a limited time, the menu at this popular Camana Bay dining spot will feature turkey, ham, and traditional Thanksgiving dishes. Located at the harbour canal in Camana Bay and themed around the ocean, Agua infuses Caribbean charm into its Thanksgiving dishes, staying true to the spirit of Cayman.
It isn’t just Cayman’s luxurious restaurants embracing the idea of Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving Day you’ll notice major supermarkets like Foster’s Food Fair, Kirk Market, and Hurley’s feature a range of Thanksgiving options.
Foster’s Food Fair and Hurley’s both offer options for Thanksgiving meals, bringing you all the delicious elements of a homemade dinner without the work. Both supermarkets offer packages with turkey and ham, as well as the side dishes you’d hope for including stuffing, gravy, and mashed potatoes.
The selection at the ready-made hot food stations at Foster’s, Kirk’s, and Hurley’s are sure to make anyone hailing from outside the Cayman Islands feel right at home, featuring a wide range of traditional Thanksgiving favourites.
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
This Thanksgiving, The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman is bringing forth a sumptuous multi-part celebration in its characteristically magnificent fashion.
On Nov. 22, a range of events are held. At 5:30 p.m., head to Seven for a dinner you will never forget. From 7:30 p.m., enjoy dinner under a beach cabana (at least four guests are required), or, for those who prefer something more lavish, head to the ballroom for a sumptuous buffet dinner.
The following day, Friday, Nov. 23, relax into a holiday barbeque at Bar Jack at 6:30 p.m. There will be a bonfire with marshmallow roasting, and live music and entertainment.
For a Thanksgiving feast offering the ultimate in convenience consider Boxed, which offers a pre-prepared meal with all the trimmings from frozen.
Boxed is a new company offering conveniently packaged good-for-you ready meals. The company is an offshoot of Mise en Place, one of Cayman’s most established catering companies.
The Thanksgiving in a Box meal includes traditional favourites such as carved turkey, ham, a selection of traditional sides, as well as dessert to feed six, all priced at $99.99.
To take advantage of this offer order direct from Cost U Less by Tuesday, Nov. 20 for pick up on Nov. 21-22.