55th Agriculture Show: “Food Security – Everybody’s Business”

55th Agriculture Show: “Food Security – Everybody’s Business”

Showcasing the Best in Cayman Farming

Bodden Town, Cayman Islands, 9 February 2024 – The Cayman Islands Agricultural Society (CIAS) is thrilled to announce the much-anticipated 55th Agriculture Show is scheduled for Ash Wednesday, February 14th, 2024, at the Stacey Watler Agricultural Pavilion in Lower Valley, Bodden Town. The event will run from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM and promises to be a day filled with family-oriented activities, showcasing the finest in Cayman farming and agribusiness.

This year’s theme, “Food Security – Everybody’s Business,” underscores the critical importance of ensuring a reliable and accessible food supply in the face of global challenges. With a growing concern about global food security, particularly during emergencies and natural disasters, the CIAS aligns with the Ministry of Agriculture’s efforts to create a local Food and Nutrition Security Policy. The event encourages farmers and attendees to support these initiatives, addressing issues such as food prices, shortages, and nutritional security.

“This year’s Agriculture Show theme emphasises the crucial role each of us plays in ensuring the well-being of our community. The event not only celebrates the hard work and dedication of our local farmers but also underscores the importance of food security as a collective responsibility,” said CIAS President, Justin Woods.

We invite the wider public to join us for this family-oriented event, showcasing the very best in the Cayman farming community,” he added.

The event, supported by the Department of Agriculture and Ministry of Planning, Agriculture, Housing and Infrastructure, has become a staple in the community, bringing together farmers, agribusinesses, and the wider public to celebrate the importance of Cayman’s agricultural heritage. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children and free for children under 2 and seniors 65+. The official opening ceremony will take place at 10am.

Event Highlights:

  • Livestock and Plant & Produce Exhibitions: Showcasing the best from Cayman’s farmers.
  • Food and Drinks: Savour the flavours of local cuisine and refreshments.
  • Plant Sale: A variety of plants and produce will be available for purchase.
  • Farm-related Vendors: Explore a range of agricultural products and services.
  • Pony Rides: Delight the little ones with pony rides throughout the day.
  • Petting Zoo: Experience the joy of interacting with friendly animals.
  • Musical Entertainment: James Geary Music, Stuart Wilson and Dan Ebanks will be among the performances on the main stage.
  • Raffle: Exciting prizes await lucky winners in the Agriculture Show raffle.

Farmers are reminded that the deadline for livestock registration is Friday, 9th February, at 5:00 PM. Multiple animals can be listed in one form. Livestock registration forms are available at the following locations:

  • Department of Agriculture
  • Administration and Sales Offices
    • Veterinarians, and Extension Officers.

Exhibit Registration Information:

  • Exhibit Registration: Entries for the Display Area (under pavilion) will be accepted on Tuesday, 13th February, between 2:00 PM and 10:00 PM at the Stacey Watler Pavilion at the Agriculture Show Grounds, Lower Valley, Bodden Town.
  • Exhibition Tags: Individuals submitting a large quantity of entries can collect Exhibition Tags from the Society’s office on weekdays from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Please contact the Society for exhibition categories and requirements.

For more information and updates, please visit the Cayman Islands Agricultural Society on facebook.com/caymanagriculture and instagram.com/caymanagriculture .

About Cayman Islands Agricultural Society (CIAS):

The Cayman Islands Agricultural Society (CIAS) is committed to promoting and supporting the agricultural industry in the Cayman Islands. Through events like the Agriculture Show, the CIAS aims to foster community engagement, showcase local talent, and highlight the importance of agriculture in our society.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Marjane Ebanks-Fellows

Administration Manager

Cayman Islands Agricultural Society

Telephone: 926-3696 or 947-3696