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The Evening Market at Caymana Bay

Published on Friday, September 18, 2009 Email To Friend    Print Version

On Thursday, 24 September from 3:30 to 8:00pm Camana Bay’s Market Street will transform when it hosts the quarterly Evening Market at Camana Bay, attracting visitors who are interested in experiencing their first local ‘farmers market’ and many of the weekly Market at the Grounds’ loyal repeat customers too.

“This is 2009’s third Evening Market at Camana Bay,” commented Nikki Callender Senior Manager - Events at Camana Bay “and we are delighted with the continued growth and popularity of this event.

Bringing the Market at the Grounds to Camana Bay makes it more accessible to visitors who are staying along Seven Mile Beach and allows them to experience something which they just could not experience unless they make it out to The Grounds.

In addition to our visitors I know that past Evening Markets have also attracted a wide selection of locals – some of whom visit The Market at the Grounds regularly and some, perhaps, who do not.”

The Evening Market at Camana Bay will always have the ‘expected’ basics for sale, such as produce from local farms - fresh fruit and vegetables, a range of homemade goods from preserves and pickles to cakes, ice cream, sausages and pepper jelly. And there will also be a selection of native plants on available for purchase, alongside handicrafts such as jewellery, handbags, woodwork and traditional arts, giving shoppers a flavour of all things Caymanian.

However, in addition to the ‘farmers market basics’ each Evening Market is also designed with a particular theme in mind which opens it up to a wider audience and gives them additional reasons to attend. With September being “Back to School” month, this Evening Market is all about the children. There will be a Kids Craft area with lots of great activities designed to stimulate creativity.

Activities include:

  • Decorating recycled planters(made out of old _ gallon plastic milk containers) ... and then plant them with seedlings kindly provided by The Department of Agriculture,
  • A wooden airplane craft table,
  • Soldier Crab races,
  • Traditional Caymanian Games such as gigs, jump rope and hopscotch, and
  • Storytelling by CNCF.

Open from 3:30pm to 8:00pm and with live music by Local Motion playing from 5:00pm until close, the September Evening Market at Camana Bay should be on your calendars now – as should a Save the Date for The Christmas Evening Market which will be held on Wednesday, 2 December. The Christmas Market will showcase many of our much loved traditions, and will feature taste samples of Sorrel, Christmas Beef and Fruit Cakes with Caymanians talking about where the traditions came from and recounting their memories of Christmas’ in their past. Crafts will be developed to help organised Christmas shoppers who want to finish shopping early and, as always there will be live music to set the mood and keep Evening Market patrons shopping until it closes.

“Here at Dart our whole team is 100% behind The Market at the Grounds and we see its success in the long term as essential to the destination’s growth,” commented Mark VanDevelde, CEO Dart Realty. “We have worked closely with The Department of Agriculture to develop the Kids’ Zone so that Saturday visits to the market are a great family affair and are very pleased that we are able to host the Market here at Camana Bay in the evenings. We know that more and more of our culinary tenants in Camana Bay’s town centre are anxious to meet local farmers and to use locally grown produce in their restaurants year round. The Market at the Grounds and The Evening Market at Camana Bay are great experiences and I would personally encourage everyone to come out and find that out for themselves,” he concluded.

To learn more about Market at the Grounds you can email  or via the web on www.thegroundscayman.ky

 
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