By all accounts the 2016 Taste of Cayman Food & Wine Festival, held on Saturday, 23 January at the Festival Green, Camana Bay, was deemed a success.
Over four thousand visitors and locals attended the Festival, which is the major annual fundraiser for the Cayman Islands Tourism Association (CITA).
The Bon Vivant & Best Dressed Chicken Chef Cook-Off was also a popular attraction in the All Things Cayman area. Maureen Cubbon and Jolene Nelson (The Girls) faced off against Neville Hicks and Michael Treacy (The Boys) in a competition reminiscent of popular TV cooking show Chopped.
“Chef-testants” had 20 minutes to create an original recipe using The Best Dressed Chicken and other ingredients they found in a three-minute shopping trip to a pantry provided by CITA. The men produced a chicken and pumpkin dish with a creamy garlic, mushroom and tarragon sauce, while the ladies created a Caribbean chicken “faux bruschetta” served on fried plantain instead of bread.
Judges Joey Hew, Keith Griffin and Avadaugn Sinclair had a difficult decision to make but in the end the ladies emerged victorious by merely one point, and received a basket of spices courtesy of McCormick.
Foodies also had an opportunity to learn from Maureen Cubbon who enlisted the help of three young volunteer sous chefs to show the audience how to make local veggie and cheese fritters with a yogurt herb sauce.
Taste of Cayman platinum partner Camana Bay was joined with other sponsors including Hurley’s Media, Digicel, Cayman Airways, Massive, Hew’s Hotel & Restaurant Supplies, Flava, The Best Dressed Chicken, Pepsi, NetClues, Department of Tourism, Fountainhead, BritCay, eCay, Scotiabank, Seven Fathoms Rum, McCormick, Rubis, Budget and Bon Vivant.