2020 Food & Drink Festivals Make The Cayman Islands The Culinary Capital Of The Caribbean

United Kingdom 4 November 2019
The world’s best chefs gather on Seven Mile Beach for annual culinary celebration
It’s not just the endless white sandy beaches, clear turquoise seas, world-class diving and luxury hotels that are the attraction on the Cayman Islands. Colourful themed events, spectacular festivals with a real Caymanian vibe and a mouth-watering and diverse global culinary scene make it an incredible holiday destination.
As ‘the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean’, the Cayman Islands offers the widest choice of culinary experiences combined with sun, sea and tropical landscapes.
  1. Cayman Cookout 15-19 January 2020 featuring UK chef, Clare Smyth MBE
Grand Cayman is set to welcome award-winning UK chef, Clare Smyth MBE to its celebrity line-up of chefs taking part in the prestigious culinary event, Cayman Cookout from 15-19 January 2020.
Clare will be the first female UK chef to participate in the Caribbean celebration of food and wine which brings together talented chefs, wine and spirit experts, and culinary tastemakers from around the world.  Guests at the Ritz-Carlton will enjoy dynamic cooking demonstrations, exclusive tastings and dining events, exciting local tours and unique epicurean experiences.
With the spectacular back-drop of Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Cookout is co-created and hosted by Eric Ripert, Michelin Star chef, co-owner of Le Bernardin in New York as well as Blue by Eric Ripert at the Ritz-Carlton.  Other global culinary stars will include José Andrés, Emeril Lagasse, Daniel Boulud, Andrew Zimmern, Normand Laprise, Pano Karatassos, Dominique Crenn, Stephanie Izard, Laeticia Rouabah, and Niki Nakayama.   
Clare Smyth commented: “I’m delighted to be heading back to the Cayman Islands to join in with the special atmosphere and excitement of Cayman Cookout.  The food movement in the Cayman Islands is phenomenal using local resources to create incredible dishes.  It really is a real home from home in paradise.”
  1. Taste of Cayman Food & Drink Festival – Camana Bay Grand Cayman (4 April 2020)
In its 32nd year, the one-day culinary celebration ‘Taste of Cayman Food & Drink’ held at Festival Green, Camana Bay on Grand Cayman is an open-air event for all foodie-lovers wanting to enjoy the best of Cayman cuisine.  The biggest food festival on the islands features tastings of food and drinks from the best local restaurants as well as Cayman culture and music. Savour the Cayman Islands’ famous Seven Fathom’s rum and incredible seafood whilst listening to traditional folk singers, steel pan bands and even conch-shell blowing!   www.tasteofcayman.org
  1. Restaurant Month (October 2020)
Cayman Restaurant Month 2020 kicks off on 1 October and allows foodies to enjoy dining at some of Cayman's best restaurants at value-for-money by offering low, fixed price menus throughout the whole month of October. Organised by the Cayman Islands Tourism Association and proudly sponsored by Good Taste, Hurley's Media and Home Gas, participating restaurants create delicious 3-course menus starting at just CI$15 for lunch and CI$25 for dinner. http://www.caymangoodtaste.com/cayman-restaurant-month
  1. Cocktail Week 2020 (October Dates TBC)
Cayman Cocktail Week is a celebration of all things cocktail-y and sip-worthy in the Cayman Islands. 2020 will mark the 8th year running and as usual, will be the biggest and best cocktail Week yet!
​Offering a wide range of fun and interactive events almost every day throughout the week with make-your-own Gin or historical cocktails hours. https://www.caymancocktailweek.com/
  1. Over 200 Restaurants
Boasting more than 200 restaurants and culinary influences from all over the world, the Cayman Islands provide visitors with an endless array of options to suit any palate. Abundant in natural resources from the sea and land, the Cayman Islands offers mouth-watering farm-to-table cuisine.  Many restaurants on the Islands like the Brasserie in George Town feature a diverse homegrown food scene committed to serving only locally-sourced ingredients.  You can look forward to unsurpassed service, award-winning chefs and an eclectic array of different culinary options. 
As well as the celebrity-led restaurants in the hotels, there’s also a well-developed farm/boat to table movement with various chefs like Thomas Tennant and the owners of Brassiere leading the way.  King and Lisa Flowers, the owners of the Brasserie are pioneers of the farm-to-table movement in the Cayman Islands.  As well as having their own garden, bee hives, chickens and deep-sea fishing boat, they have developed close relationships with the islands’ leading growers.  They use their own herbs and fruit for cocktails such as Brasserie margaritas with spiced Cayman sea salt foam and flavoured with Cayman mango, local tamarind and watermelon.
  1. Flavour Tours in Grand Cayman
To get a real flavour of the huge variety of culinary delights of the Cayman Islands, we recommend trying one of the popular food tours from either Camana Bay or from George Town. These include sommelier-led wine-tasting and tastings at featured restaurants like Asian Bistrot Mizu, seafood restaurant Abacus and the Waterfront Restaurant.  Guests meet with local chefs and restaurant owners who can share secret recipes. The guides can also give an insight into local historical sites and art, and of course, you can pick up tips of where to eat during your stay on the islands.
  1. Sunday Brunch – Cayman Style
The Cayman Islands are famous for their Sunday brunches and it’s the perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy the local scene.  There’s lots of choice from beachside cafes to the luxury hotels which offer multi-course brunches.  All served with the warmest of Cayman welcomes! For a view over Seven Mile Beach and the Caribbean Sea, try Luca or for a relaxed feel the Anchor & Den www.anchorandden.com and www.luca.ky
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