Camana Bay Offers Trio of Culinary Events

Helping the Cayman Islands fortify its reputation as the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean, Camana Bay will host a triumvirate of epicurean events in early 2013. As the destination of choice for both local and international food and wine enthusiasts, Camana Bay will offer guests an array of events, ranging from dinners with James Beard Award winners to book signings with the culinary world’s brightest stars.

“Camana Bay is home to some of the most talented chefs in the Caribbean, and these diverse events allow us to celebrate our passion and expertise around food and wine,” said Ken Hydes, Camana Bay’s Vice President of Place Management & Experiences. “Grand Cayman is of course a great place to visit in January and February, when temperatures in the U.S. are at their lowest, and these three special occasions provide food lovers yet another reason to book that getaway.”

The trio of events includes:

Cayman Cookout: The Ultimate Dinner Party – January 19, 2013

Camana Bay hosts a memorable dinner party as part of the acclaimed Cayman Cookout food and wine festival. The evening begins with a waterfront book signing on Camana Bay’s Harbor with visiting chefs Anthony Bourdain, José Andrés, Daniel Humm and Sherry Yard, who will join Camana Bay’s own James Beard award-winning chef Michael Schwartz and his Executive Pastry Chef Hedy Goldsmith.  The night continues as David Kinch of the Michelin-starred Manresa will appear alongside Michael Schwartz at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink; Spike Mendelsohn of Top Chef fame and Sherry Yard of Spago join Cindy Hutson at Ortanique; and Gordon Ramsey protégée Dale MacKay teams with Ron Jacobson at Abacus.

Taste of Cayman Food & Wine Festival – January 26, 2013

For its 25th anniversary, this beloved grassroots celebration of local culinary culture finds a new home at Camana Bay’s waterfront Festival Green. Celebrating both emerging trends and traditional island favorites, Taste of Cayman is one of the Caribbean’s largest food festivals attracting more than 5,000 residents and visitors. More than 30 restaurants showcase their signature offerings and drinks, competing for the fiercely coveted “Taster’s Choice” award.

Slow Food Day – February 2, 2013

The culinary festivities wrap with a bang when Chef Michael Schwartz and special guest and fellow James Beard Award winner Hugh Acheson partner with Slow Food Grand Cayman and the Cayman Islands Agricultural Society to host the island’s second annual Slow Food Day. Camana Bay chefs have built enduring relationships with Cayman’s farmers and fisherman, and their commitment to sustainable dining is showcased by sourcing ingredients from Camana Bay’s weekly farmer’s market and frequent farm-to-table dinners at Michael’s Genuine. Guests will enjoy complimentary sample tastings throughout the day, followed by a welcome cocktail and hors d’oeuvres, and ending with a special dinner and wine pairing.

For more event information and tickets, visit caymancookout.com, tasteofcayman.com or michaelsgenuine.com/grand-cayman.  For more information on Camana Bay, visit camanabay.com.

ABOUT CAMANA BAY

A destination within a destination, Camana Bay is a vibrant new town located in the heart of Grand Cayman. Stretching 500 acres from the famous Seven Mile Beach to the tranquil North Sound, this mixed-use master planned community opened in December 2007 and is one of the first examples of New Urbanism in the Caribbean. Developed by Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd. in collaboration with an award-winning team of visionaries, including Duany Plater-Zyberk (Seaside and Rosemary Beach, Fla.), Moore Ruble Yudell and OLIN Partnership, Camana Bay offers a unique mix of thoughtfully designed residential, commercial and public spaces, world-class shopping and dining, education and sports facilities plus family-friendly entertainment, events and attractions. Designed to grow organically over several decades, Camana Bay is now in the master planning phase for the town’s residential communities.