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Grand Cayman Food and Wine Festival

Updated on November 17, 2013

The Ultimate Epicurean Destination

Beef Wellington
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Cayman Cookout & Taste of Cayman Food and Wine Festival

Attend the ultimate feast of all Caribbean foods and enjoy four days of a gourmet cookout and a month long of epicurean delights. Just hop on an airplane for a short one hour flight to Grand Cayman and join me for the festivities. Bring your whole family or your significant other as you get ready to participate in the Taste of Cayman Food & Wine Festival. Come celebrate local artisans paintings, photography and sculptures. These events will surely not disappoint!

Come on down to the Caribbean's most renowned destination spot for some of the best dive locations in the world known as the Cayman Islands. Here you will celebrate the islands wonderful history of rich cultural heritage and be a part of the month long celebration of fabulous food, world class wines, and the best of Caymanian arts and entertainment. This Caribbean destination is known as the culinary capital of the Caribbean. With it's silky white beaches, mangrove-covered wetlands, and beautiful red coral reefs the 100 mile long island boasts a wealth of globally acclaimed restaurants helmed by the world famous chefs and dozens of independent eateries.

This premier epicurean event, hosted by Eric Ripert is featuring the world's top chefs and wine experts: Eric Ripert, Ferran Adria, Jose Andres, Richard Blais, April Bloomfield, Anthony Bourdain, Ray Isle, Francois Payard, Andrea Robinson, Paul Rogalski, Gail Simmons, Aldo Sohm and TBD Winner of Top Chef, "Just Desserts."

Some of this year's sponsors include; American Express, Bombay & Sapphire, Fiji Water, Certified Angus Beef, Moet & Chandon, Le Creuset, The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, Food & Wine, Traveler's Choice 2011, and Chateau Le Michelle.

Come January 2012, Cayman shows off its culinary prowess as serious food connoisseurs from around the world converge on this tropical paradise for Cayman Culinary Month. A month long of special events celebrating the islands' cultural heritage through fabulous food, world class wines, and the best of Caymanian arts and entertainment.

At the Cayman Cookout--the Caribbean's premier epicurean event, January 12 -15, 2012--the world's top chefs and wine experts showcase the distinctive taste and barefoot elegance of the islands. Hosted by Chef Eric Ripert of New York's famed "Le Bernardin", the cookout features culinary demonstrations, wine tastings, tours and other events ranging from an artisan market to gala dinners and champagne brunches. Highlights will include a casual Caymanian beach party with gourmet spreads, multi-course dinners at Camana Bay's top restaurants and dessert buffets by acclaimed pastry chef Francois Payard.

On January 28th, 2012, Camana Bay's annual Taste of Cayman Food & Wine Festival now in its 24th year, is the month's grand finale, an epicurean display of the island's exceptional fare. Sample Caribbean cuisine from local restaurants--from spicy jerk chicken to the freshest of seafood hauled from local waters as you wander through the bustling Paseo. Enjoy live entertainment on the waterfront crescent overlooking the picturesque North Sound, and peruse exquisite arts and crafts created by celebrated local artisans. Like the Cayman islands themselves, it's a feast for the senses.

Tickets for Events

For this year's Cayman Cookout event and the Camana Bay Food & Wine Festival, there are ticket packages and individual event tickets being sold for the two events. Tickets may be purchased with a major credit card for the Cayman Cookout. For the Camana Bay Festival, tickets may be purchased at the CITA outlet office at 1320 West Bay Road, next to Governor's Square or at Books and Books outlet, Camana Bay. If you are an American Express cardmember, there are VIP packages and a Special Amenities Package.

Prices

Event prices for the Cayman Cookout range from $110 for wine tastings, $150 for brunches, to dinner parties at $325 and $500, cocktails at $160, dessert parties at $110, and lunches from $225 - $250. There are three exclusive chef packages ranging from $850 to $2,350. These ticket prices are for the Cayman Cookout four day event (1/12/2012 - 1/15/2012).

For the Taste of Cayman Food and Wine Festival on January 28th, 2012, prices for this event are: Adults $35 pre-sold or at the gate $45. Children from (5 to 12), $15 and children under five are free.

Taxis and Buses

Upon your arrival at Owen Roberts International Airport in Grand Cayman, you may opt for different modes of transportation to and from your hotel. Taxis, buses, and private limousine services are available from all resorts.

You may want to rent a car or scooter to make your way around town while visiting Grand Cayman. There in George Town, you can make arrangements at any of the local car rental services such as Avis, Hertz, Economy, Dollar Rent-A-Car, EuroCar Rentals LTD and Thrifty. Elite Limousine Services for the pampered lifestyle. If you prefer a scooter, renting one at Island Scooter Rental/Repair should be easy with no hassle.

Hotel Accommodations

While visiting Grand Cayman for the four day culinary event from January 12th thru January 15th, 2012, you may want to stay at one of the luxurious locations below:

The lovely Ritz Carlton in Grand Cayman which is located at Seven Mile Beach or the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort located at West Bay Road on Seven Mile Beach. These two beautiful resorts provide all the amenities, sports, services and general features to make your stay pleasant and enjoyable. These resorts accept most major credit cards.

History

The Caribbean British overseas territory was discovered by Europeans hundreds of years ago. Since its discovery, the British overseas territory has been under various governments. The Cayman Islands were first spotted by explorer Christopher Columbus on May 10th, 1503. As strong winds blow his ships off course, he spotted numerous sea turtles swimming in the water. As his ships went off course, Columbus had stumbled upon two small islands (Cayman Brac) and (Little Cayman) that he later named Las Tortugas, meaning "turtles" in Spanish! The islands got their name from the Carib word "Caymanas" because of the presence of marine crocodile. George Town is the capital of Grand Cayman.

Geography

The Cayman islands are made up of three islands; Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, and Cayman Brac. These islands lie in the Caribbean Sea about 200 miles northwest of Jamaica. The Cayman Trough is located east while the Bartlett Trough is just south and is two of the deepest parts of the Caribbean. Cayman Bank which is west of Grand Cayman lie in close proximity to one another. Grand Cayman is the largest island of the three. It is approximately 22 miles long and 8 miles wide. The North Sound is the most amazing thing you would ever want to see! It is a shallow reef protected lagoon. Cayman Brac is about 90 miles northeast of Grand Cayman and is about 12 miles long. The Brac's (Gaelic) name is derived from its most notable attribute called the "bluff." At its highest point, it drops 140 feet into the sea. Little Cayman is the least developed of the three islands and lies about 5 miles west of Cayman Brac. The island is flat with no fresh water.


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Rum Punch

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Mixed Drink

Creme Brulee French Toast

Dessert
Dessert

Kale Soup

Soup
Soup

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Ocean Front Room

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Courtyard View
Courtyard View

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