You just never know about the weather around here.
The annual Taste of Cayman Food & Drink festival was originally scheduled to take place on Jan. 26 this year, but five days prior, the weather forecast for the week called for heavy rains and high winds, so the organisers decided to postpone the event until this month. As it turned, the night of the original date had gloriously good weather, although during the week it did rain a lot and it was quite windy, which would have put those setting up the site at risk. It was a tough call, but organisers decided to err on the side of caution for safety reasons.
The good news, however, is that because of the postponement, culinary enthusiasts still have the 2019 Taste of Cayman to look forward to on April 6, instead of it being just a fond memory.
“The event will still take place in its full glory with the same exciting features and same headline act of Simply Queen, which we are very much looking forward to,” said Julie Allan, chair of the Taste of Cayman Committee and member of the CITA Executive Committee.
Taste of Cayman admission tickets and food and drink tickets that had already been purchased for the Jan. 26 date will still be valid for entry to the event, which takes place on the Camana Bay Festival Green.
As originally planned, Cayman Islands’ culture will have a bigger focus than in years past at the 2019 Taste of Cayman. An expanded “All Things Cayman” area will feature popular annual events like the Heavy Cake Competition, the Seven Fathoms Mixology Competition and the Amateur Chef Cook-off, as well as local arts, rope craft demonstrations, steel pan music, folk singers and traditional dance performances.
In addition to the tribute band, Simply Queen, the main stage will also feature the local bands The Neverines and Beneil Miller & the Fyah Squad Band as opening acts.
Of course, the main aspect of Taste of Cayman will continue to be a celebration of Grand Cayman’s restaurants and beverage purveyors, with dozens of local restaurants and bars participating. This year’s event will also bring back the Experience Room, where small groups of people can watch or participate in various culinary demonstrations. Tickets for the Experience Room are sold separately, but one ticket is included in the VIP package, which also includes priority parking, express festival entry, access to the deluxe restrooms, access to the air-conditioned VIP tent, a welcome drink and 25 food and drink tokens.
Gates open for the Taste of Cayman at 5 p.m. on April 6 and the event ends at 11:45 p.m.
For information about ticket prices and where to buy them, please visit www.tasteofcayman.org/tickets/.