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Taste of Cayman 2012

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Over the past two months, I’ve gotten to do, see and eat some pretty cool (or hot) things.  I OD-ed on delicious food made especially for me at nine different participating restaurants. I hung out with talented local chefs who graciously shared their recipes with me.  These experiences were all shared here on The Deep Dish as I partnered with the Cayman Islands Tourism Association in the lead up to this year’s premiere culinary event: Taste of Cayman.

It was a record-breaking year, as the 24th Annual Taste of Cayman welcomed more than 5,000 guests who used 50,000+ food and drink tickets to sample delicious dishes and tasty cocktails.

Delicious dish from Kirk’s, Fish Tea, Seared Tuna, Conch and Crocodile Fritters

Besides giving restaurants an opportunity to treat event goers to some awesome eats, ToC participants were also given the opportunity to compete for top honors.

The Best Booth award went to Cimboco/Chicken!Chicken!/Breezes by the Bay.  For just one ticket, you got a plate overloaded with food like jerk chicken, conch chowder and rum raisin pudding.

This year’s ‘Best Food’ winner should look familiar…its Chef Jordon’s glorious pumpkin ravioli! As part of my Taste of Cayman series, the Periwinkle Chef shared the recipe for this number one dish with me (and you) here.

Fellow Deep Dish featured Chef, Thomas from Michael’s Genuine Grand Cayman, can now boast that his kitchen took home top honors for ‘Best Dessert’ with their Lemon Meringue.

I know book clubber, Andy, was impressed 🙂

‘Best Drink’ was won by Seven Fathoms who’s Rum Swanky was definitely a great way to get the party started 🙂  I especially liked the presentation with the coconut!

The event was a resounding success and I want to thank the folks at the Cayman Islands Tourism Association for letting me in on the action by hooking me up with tastings, demonstrations and some fantastic giveaway items for The Deep Dish.  The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism paid for the shipping costs for the giveaways so they deserve a huge thanks as well!  Finally, I’d like to thank all of you who joined me for what has turned out to be an incredibly successful series.  I hope you had a fun time and maybe, just maybe, I’ve encouraged you to start saving so you hit up Taste of Cayman 2013 with me in person next year!

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  1. I went to the Taste of Cayman in 2003. My uncle owned Billy Bones, the swim up pool bar at Treasure Island, and they had a booth. Not sure if either of those are still called that….anyway, it's a great event. Friended you through FoodBuzz, and I look forward to following your blog. I've spent a good amount of time on Grand Cayman and love it. I'm excited to read more of your blog.

  2. What a great event. So much to see, some amazing foods, and lots of fun:DDD

  3. Such a great event! Everything looks so fun and delicious 🙂

  4. So much fun! I love tasting events.

  5. Oh wow I wish I could be there… I think this is the best time to visit Caymans for sure. I want to eat the pumpkin ravioli!

  6. Awesome! Looks like you had a blast.

  7. This does look like a fun event, however, I think that the Caymans would be enjoyable with or without this event. I really like what you have been posting, so keep them coming!

  8. I love events like this. It's so nice you got a chance to share it with us…not as good as joining you in person, but we'll take it! 🙂 Great photos and it looks like a great tasting time was had by all!

  9. This looks amazing!! I would love to try the conch chowder..and the pumpkin ravioli..ooh! And the rum swanky! Oh my, I just may need to take you up on your offer to join you next year!

  10. What fun! I see the Aussie flag so maybe that means I should visit – right away. 🙂

  11. Oh wow, that crocodile fritter looks awesome! 🙂 I'd love to sample my way through Taste of Cayman! One day…

  12. It looks like it was a great time! I wouldn't have known what to try first, although that seared tuna looks amazing.

  13. The crocodile fritters sound intriguing!

  14. So jealous. Looks like a great time!

  15. What a fabulous event with so many wonderful dishes to indulge in. Thanks for sharing your experience, recipe, and photos.

  16. What a VERY cool event to be a part of! Glad it was so much fun for you. Pumpkin raviolis….um, YUM. It all looks delicious, and even better when you're eating it in the Cayman, I'm sure! 🙂 Nicely done with all of your hard work!!!

  17. What a great event for you to participate in. You did good and really made those dishes stand up and be noticed. Congratulations; wish I could go back to your little corner of heaven.

  18. Looks like an amazing trip! All of the food looks outstanding – did you try the Crocodile Fritters? I've heard of conch but never crocodile!

  19. Yay! I'm glad the event was a success. It was fun hearing all about it!

  20. So glad to learn TOC was a huge success. Looked absolutely delicious. Kudos on a job very well done by you and the committee! Bravo!
    Mrs. Herb Garden

  21. What a great event – sooooooooooooooo delicious!
    Mary x

  22. Not much to say, besides, “MMMMMMMMMM.” Looks like fun!


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