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Welcome to Cayman Carnival Batabano 2012!  This annual event features loads of exciting activities including a Masquerade Fete, the Art in the Heart showcase, Jr. Batabano, Adult Street Parade and (excite!) a food festival.

After swooning over well proportioned super heroes in the theater on Saturday, Norma and I headed to scope out the preparations for this year’s Carnival Adult Street Parade.  We were not disappointed.  And we were quite popular, being snatched up for some ‘wining’ within minutes of getting there!  We also spotted my friend Prathna in full regalia.  She was ‘jumping’ with the band Swanky.  Which is also the name of a popular local beverage 🙂

But you know me, I was there for the food.  And food there was!

Once in George Town, CK and I instantly hit the stalls.

There was stewed conch, rice and beans, stewed lobster and stewed beef.

There was oxtail, BBQ chicken, baked mac ‘n cheese and heavy cakes.

There was even cotton candy 🙂

And at $10 CI, you got enough food to put Texas-sized portions to shame!

CK was overwhelmed.  It’s okay.  I was a good wifey and helped.
We finished eating just in time to catch the street parade as it turned into central George Town.
It was loads of fun 🙂

If you’d like to see more from Cayman Carnival Batabano 2012, there are some great photos on the Cayman Compass website.  Maybe they’ll inspire you to come ‘Jump and Wave’ with us next year 🙂

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35 Comments

  1. I have a friend who often goes to the Caymans and now, I know why.

  2. Wow! Colourful, fun and foodilicous! I'll take the next plane to Cayman!! Wait for me, don't finish all that food! 🙂

  3. Wow, that looks like a TON of fun! And so much food! YUMYUMYUM!!

  4. What a fun trip and the food looks fantastic!

  5. Wow sounds like you two had amazing time there! Me too, I'd be focusing on the food rather than street performers…although they look like fantastic dancers out there. Oh yes, I so wish that I can go next year… it will be a very nice vacation!

  6. Oh my goodness what a fun trip! I'd eat my way through it 🙂

  7. I WANT TO LIVE IN THE CAYMANS!!!!
    Mary x

  8. Still super jealous – that parade looks like a heck of a good time (especially with all the food choices!)

  9. That little boy in the green t-shirt looks like he was having the time of his life. I want to live in your neck of the woods. You and CK are enjoying life to the fullest!

  10. There is no reason to cook at home overthere. You always write about great events. Definitely they know how to have fun in your neck of the woods 🙂
    How is mowing going? 🙂

  11. What great photos! Food looks fantastic! I love all the bright colors. The light there just looks so different from here — it's so obvious you're in a warm climate. Lucky you! 🙂

  12. I'm swooning over all that great food!!! Looks like fun!

  13. I want to dance too! Looks like you had a fantastic time Lisa!

  14. I want to dance!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

  15. Wow, this looks like a lot of fun!

  16. I wish I could shake like those dancing queens! Fun!

  17. What a fun-packed place to visit…wow, I'd love to visit this place…and equally beautiful people and FOOD!! Have a wonderful day, Parsley and Sage!

  18. How fun! The thing I love about your blog…it's like taking a mini vacation! You always have such fun stuff to do there. And the food! I'm certain I could polish off all of what was on CK's plate all by myself! : )

  19. Wow, what a wonderful trip you had travelling around those mystical and amazing places.

  20. The food is as colourful as the street performers – you've really captured the atmosphere once again!

  21. Looks fun! Especially all the food!

  22. Two words came to mind: COLOR and FLAVOR! Glad you enjoyed it — even gladder you shared your food, photos and fun!

  23. The Caymen Islands always looks like so much fun. You should get commission from the tourism bureau for sharing all that there is to do. You make all of us so envious. Wish I was there.

  24. Looks like a great day! I too would be scoping out the food but I'd also be checking out those crazy outfits..
    Take care..

  25. Wow these people sure know how to enjoy themselves – the food, the colours the atmosphere. – everything looks stunning 😀
    Thanks for sharing my friend!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  26. You all should see the pics that WEREN'T posted from this little street party.

  27. WOW … Looks like you guys had a super time 🙂

  28. Wow, those are some seriously Texan-sized portions. This looks like such a fun event! Have a lovely weekend and report back more on it.

  29. You all have too much fun over there! (Like my cheap attempt at a Texas accent.) I really need to get to Cayman, CA is so boring.
    -Gina-

  30. Another festival? This looks incredible. I need to get to Cayman. I'm serious.

  31. That lobster was AMAZING! totally out of this world, we're trying to find the lady who cooked it, any ideas?! Great seeing you Fuller, as always xx

  32. Loved everything! Thanks for sharing! Mrs. Herb Garden

  33. looks so much fun ! I'm envious of your sunshine – we've had over a month of rain, rain, rain…..

  34. What fun! That is one sure way to get in that carefree island frame of mind. I am sure living there you are always in that state of mind. The food stalls look to have a great variety of tasty food-yum! Have a great weekend!

  35. People in Caymans sure know how to have a great time, what more with the wonderful spread of food. I wish I would have been there too to have fun with the rest. Love all the costumes, the colors and headgear.

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