August 3, 2021

Taste of Cayman … and the winners are….

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unnamed-1THE RESULTS ARE IN!!!

What does 4000+ attendees + 28 food vendors + 9 liquor vendors + 200 volunteers + 5 bands + 1 huge field equal? A FANTASTIC 2015 Taste of Cayman Food & Wine Festival, that’s what!

The curtains have closed on another amazing Festival, and we want to take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors, vendors, partners, volunteers and patrons for supporting CITA’s annual fundraising event, and making it even bigger and tastier than ever!

From Godzilla sushi rolls to tiramisu to lobster burrata salads to pad thai to conch chowder to jerk pork to funnel cakes to Haagen Dazs milkshakes, there was something for every palate! You may not have been able to taste unnamed-1everything but our secret ‘Best Of’ Judges did, and they had some very tough decisions to make. Read below to see which restaurants were best of this year’s event…and visit them soon to see for yourself why they won.


The people have spoken again…and again…and again! Armed with a wooden token, thousands of Festival-goers voted Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink their favourite restaurant for the THIRD year in a row! Maybe it was the pan-seared lionfish with local ackee and seasoned pepper vinaigrette…or was it the slow roasted local goat with local calabaza and long bean salad? Perhaps it was the warm doughnuts with local passion fruit curd. We think it was unnamed-2all of that combined with the enthusiasm of the MGFD staff. Congratulations again!
Best Of Winners
Best Booth:
Breezes By The Bay/Chicken! Chicken!/ Cimboco for the 2nd consecutive year

Best Food:
Beach House, The Westin
Coconut steam bun, soy and sake braised lamb neck, Caribbean kimchi (local callaloo and cabbage), local seasonal peppers coulis

unnamed-3Best Dessert:
Island Naturals Cafe
Strawberry Vegan Cheesecake

Best Drink:
Wreck Bar, Rum Point Club for the 2nd consecutive year
World Famous Mudslide

Seven Fathoms Cayman Rum Challenge Mixology Competition:
1st: Lachlan Morris (Royal Palms) – Seven Sins cocktail
2nd: Valerie Balignasay (Barolo Lounge) – The Girl Scout Medicine cocktail
3rd: Stephen Bingham (Karma) – Chimamire Caesar cocktail

unnamed-4Heavy Cake Competition:
1st: Renda Cornwall
2nd: Phenicia Bodden-Fraser
3rd: Ingrid Bodden

Congratulations to Anthony Lawson and his assistant chef Cody Bush who won the Bon Vivant Chef Cook Off serving up a trigger and parrot fish ceviche with an Asian twist served in a local cucumber boat. Lawson and Bush competed against Gina Connolly and assistant Phil Cassingham who prepared lionfish fritters, homemade tartar sauce with scotch bonnets, garnished with season pepper and papaya .

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