CTA in the media

Media room

Caribbean flavors on display

By Jewel Levy, Cayman Compass, 27 Oct 2016

October 27, 2016

The products and services of farmers and agribusiness entrepreneurs were on display Thursday in Camana Bay as part of a regional conference and trade show. The MarketPlace Outdoor Living Expo held at the Arts and Recreation Centre highlighted some uniquely Caribbean flavors, including honey, rum and spicy soups, among many other products.

The trade show is part of the Annual Caribbean Week of Agriculture which is being held in Cayman this week.At the ARC hall, there were dozens of exhibitions and trade stalls featuring a wide selection of agriculture products, along with vendors carrying out live demonstrations.

Among those Caribbean food and agriculture stalls could be found Moruga Yellow hot peppers from Trinidad and Tobago and sweet and succulent logwood honey from Jamaica.

agriculture expo 8

Young Naima Myles learns about goats and chickens from Glen Roy Clarke of A.L. Thompson’s. The store’s booth highlighted goats, chickens and tools at the MarketPlace Outdoor Living Expo held at the ARC at Camana Bay Thursday. 

Carita Jamaica Limited managing director Rita Hilton topped up a steaming pot with “Ram Jam” soup flavored with Carita’s spice soup packages. “The soup is made with all Jamaican products, such as Scotch bonnet and pimento … there’s no meat and no MSG,” said Ms. Hilton.

On her table was a display of organic Jamaican products, such as breadfruit flour, spicy soup packages, bammy and curry powders.

The show also featured plenty of tools, including a wide range from Cayman's own A. L. Thompson's, which include homes for goats and chickens.

Youth "agri-preneur" Graceson John showcased the unique flavors of his Big Gs Pepper Sauces, such as garlic turmeric, coconut, roasted red peppers and many more.

People sampled and asked questions about El Dorado Rum and Vanaessa Grootfaam hair products and some children just could not get enough of Maria Jackson's Cacoa St. Lucie organic chocolate, made from 60 percent cocoa nibs.

Cacoa Sainte Lucie is a small batch bean-to-bar chocolate operation, that has a line of five organic chocolate bars permeated with local island flavors.

The conference, the theme of which is "Investing in Food and Agriculture," has brought delegates from more than 40 countries to the Cayman Islands. The conference ends Friday.