Cayman: The Caribbean’s Culinary capital

As the “Culinary Capital of the Caribbean” Cayman is a food-lover’s dream.

The island boasts a plethora of restaurants, offering everything from fine dining establishments serving up dishes to rival the best-of-the-best, to local haunts featuring traditional Caribbean fare.

Whether you are in search of Caribbean cuisine, Asian-influenced food, or traditional Italian dishes, you will find a wide selection of cuisines to suit all tastes in Cayman.

From the Caribbean’s only AAA Five Diamond dining experience, Blue by Eric Ripert at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, to the popular picturesque beachfront Grape Tree Café that serves up traditional fish fry and roadside jerk stands serving up lip-smacking fare, gourmands will find just about every type of cuisine, to suit every budget, in Cayman.

 

Festivals

In celebration of the island’s world-class cuisine, Cayman hosts numerous food and wine festivals throughout the year.

dining4The longest-standing festival is the Taste of Cayman Food and Wine Festival. Held in January each year, the festival boasts more than 40 restaurants and drink vendors who each offer guests a “taste” of their signature dish. The vibrant, family-friendly event also features a wide selection of entertainment, including live music, cooking demonstrations, as well as the ever popular heavy cake competition.

A more recent event to Cayman’s foodie line-up is the extravagant Cayman Cookout, also held at the beginning of each year. Hosted by celebrity chefs Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert, and Jose Andres, the gourmand event takes place at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, and features a host of delicious events, tastings and culinary demonstrations over three days, all featuring a line-up of some of the world’s most celebrated chefs.

Another popular event that is gaining momentum as Cayman embraces the farm-to-table movement is the annual Slow Food Day held at Camana Bay. The event, typically held around April each year, features a farmers market that showcases the very best of Cayman’s locally grown produce, tastings, cooking demonstrations, in addition to a family-style fine-dining dinner hosted by a selection of some of the world’s best chefs.

 

Food tours

dining2If you are after something a little bit different, Cayman offers a wealth of food tours that are a great way to enjoy a sampling of Cayman’s local restaurants.

The “Flavour Tour” is one of the most popular food tours on offer. The walking progressive dinner party is held amongst the restaurants of Camana Bay. Diners enjoy a small plate, paired with a cocktail, at each the town center’s restaurants, all kick-started with a Champagne toast at the West Indies Wine Company. Held every Wednesday, the Flavour Tour is a great way to sample a selection of fare from local restaurants, and make new friends along the way.

Another equally popular tour is Cayman Food Tours, which offers a culinary walking tour of historic George Town. Guests are able to sample local dishes and international fare, all while soaking up Cayman’s rich history, culture and architecture.

 

Farm-to-table

dining3Cayman is embracing the locavore movement with an ever-increasing number of farmers growing a year-round selection of seasonal crops.

A great way to check out local produce is at the weekly farmers market, held every Wednesday at Camana Bay, as well as at the daily Market at the Cricket Grounds, George Town. Both markets offer a fabulous selection of delicious produce, from locally grown fruits and vegetables, to eggs, local meat and fresh fish, as well as local handmade goods which make great keepsakes.

For a fabulous farm-to-table dining option, be sure to check out Cayman Cabana’s weekly dinners. Utilizing only the freshest locally grown produce, the farm-to-table dinners are held on the George Town restaurant’s picturesque waterfront dining deck, and feature a roster of delicious dishes, all served family-style. The communal atmosphere of the dinner is a great way to make new friends and enjoy some of Cayman’s best locally grown fare.