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Indulge In The Taste Of Cayman

Published:Tuesday | January 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMLatara Boodie/Gleaner Writer
Mark Walley enjoying street style corn on the cob from Bandidos.
Slices of crispy pork belly served with savour spring rolls were offered by Asian Restaurant Wok and Roll.
The street-style corn on the cob by Bandidos was a major hit at the Taste of Cayman Food Festival. The corn is lightly dusted with cheese and nacho pieces to give it a extra crunch.
Past president of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association Ken Hydes and his significant other Shari Zaragoza had the night off after a long day of volunteer work.
Strings of fresh pasta made in the colours of the Italian Flag by the Edoardo's Fine Cuisine tent.
Junior sous chef at Anchor and Den Pedro Passalacqua tends to the sour dough bread on an open flame.
Tasty keema pan made from ground lamb with Indian spices served as sliders by the Beach House.
Many lined up to get a taste of Wok and Roll's crispy pork belly.
Suzy Soto, founder of the Taste of Cayman Food and Drink Festival takes a taste of the festival's 30th Anniversary cake.
A unique blend of oxtail and nachos served at the Andiamo Restaurant's tent.
This sweet strawberry jelly filled biscuit was the perfect desert after enjoying the sour dough chicken carbonara served by Anchor and Den.
Sharing in the cutting of the anniversary cake are from left: Theresa Leacock-Broderick, president of CITA, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson; Miss Cayman Islands Annika Connolly, founder of Taste of Cayman Suzy Soto, President of CITA, Tiffany Dixon-Ebanks executive director of CITA and Harry Lalli, Taste of Cayman committee member.
Raja Jaguvar demonstrates how to press real Italian pasta at the Edorado Fine Cuisine tent.

Described as the largest food festival in the Caribbean, Taste of Cayman made headlines as it celebrated its 30th anniversary with more than 5,000 persons gathered in the heart of Camana Bay last Saturday.

Persons travelled from near and far to indulge in delicious food and enticing cocktails inspired by the different cultural backgrounds which make up the fabric of Caymanian society.

With over 35 restaurants on display, the event started off on a high as Chef Maureen Cubbon taught a lively and educational kids' class with several volunteers from the audience. Many were seen concentrating on expertly cutting and preparing their callaloo dish. "I am proud of these kids, they are doing so well," said Cubbon as she encouraged the children while they moved through the various steps.

The heavy cake competition was a crowd favourite, and featured variations of the traditional Caymanian heavy cake. Jody-Ann Jackson was victorious, as the judges and the audience deemed her heavy cake the best in the island. She walked away with a hefty cash prize as well as the title of Heavy Cake Champion for 2018.

The air was filled with delectable scents which wafted in the gentle Caymanian breeze as each restaurant fired up stoves to present their culinary delights. Samples of food included: savoury crÍpes prepared by Cayman CrÍperie; street-style corn on the cob by Bandidos; keema pan (ground lamb in Indian spice) by Beach House at the Westin; and oxtail nachos from Cayman Cabana, just to name a few.

The signature drink of the night came from Rum Point Club which had all in attendance forming a line to sample their rich and sweet mudslide. "The line may be long but they move really fast," said Kit Graham, author of The Gourmet Grilled Cheese Cookbook.

Miss World Cayman 2018 Kristin Amaya worked up a sweat as she competed in the Bon Vivant's Amateur Chef Cook-Off competition. Never the one to let anything hold her back, not even her extravagant outfit, she managed to pull through while maintaining style and grace even with beads of perspiration on her face.

The Seven Fathom's Rum Challenge portrayed the skills of international and local mixologists who showed what they could create using the Cayman Spirits as their key ingredient. "It's amazing to watch what each person can create with our product," said co-founder of Cayman Spirits Company, Walker Romanica.

Chairman of Taste of Cayman and general manager of Rackam's Waterfront Bar and Grill, Julie Allan was ecstatic with the turnout for the event. "We get to harness the competitive nature from the different restaurants and participants in each competition as well as providing fun live entertainment. We want people to come for the food but stay for the entertainment," said Allan.

The Cayman Islands Tourism Association is proud of Taste of Cayman Food and Drink Festival and aims to be even bigger and better in the years to come.