Each April, foodies and epicureans the world over converge on St. Croix for a prestigious week-long festival that celebrates the joy of food and wine. Hailed as one of the Ten Best International Food and Wine Festivals by Forbes Travel – the St. Croix Food and Wine Experience brews a showcase of diverse cuisine and wine available on St. Croix. This well-anticipated, well-attended event series engages Local chefs, celebrity chefs, cooking show personalities and top winemakers from the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, California, Florida, and abroad to showcase their talents and promote their products. Even more incredible is that the event itself is a fundraiser designed to support the local food service industry with training and scholarships, as well as support for The St. Croix Foundation, a community organization. Visit The St. Croix Food and Wine Experience website for the latest information and details.
2014 Vacation Packages
Visitors can secure tickets to A Taste of St. Croix in advance by booking a hotel package with one of the participating hotels listed below. Packages should be booked directly with the participating hotel. Packages offer an opportunity to explore the island, sample delicious food and wine, and see celebrity and island chefs team together to raise funds for non-profit programs. Packages offered vary from 3 - 6 nights and inclusions such as a free nights stay, complimentary bottle of rum, and more.
Sunday, April 6
Cuisine on the Green (10:30 am)- A fun golf tournament with bites and spirits at the tees. Non-golfers are invited to sample the tastings via a golf-cart tour. Every other hole of the course will feature the culinary offering of a different local restaurant accompanied by complementary beverages. Your 2-person Team will taste & sip your way through an 18 Hole Scramble culminating with a dessert buffet and awards ceremony. $200 per golfer; $75 per taster. Sponsored by Carambola Golf.
Tuesday, April 8
Gourmet Vintner Dinner at Tutto Bene (6 pm)- Celebrity Chef Sam Choy is paired with a wine personality and the results always astound! This dinner with its gourmet themed auction kicks off the week of indulgence and generosity. $250 per person.
City Crawl (6 pm)- Enjoy specialty beverages and food samplings from participating restaurants and bars as you stroll through the historic waterfront town of Christiansted. $100 per person.
Wednesday, April 9
Food Fight! On the Beach (4:30 pm)- Celebrity Chefs Leah Cohen and Dean Sprinks are paired with island culinary students to compete in a hilarious series of challenges. $75 per person.
The Galleon Wine Dinner (7 pm)- Featuring a stellar menu by local Chef Kenneth Biggs perfectly paired with fabulous wines. $150 per person.
Thursday, April 10
A Taste of St. Croix at Divi Carina Bay Resort (6 pm)- Features more than 50 local restaurants, over 20 wineries and 100s of wines as well as rums, beer and more. Live entertainment and a culinary competition with dishes judged by celebrity chefs, VIPs, and special guests. $95 per person.
Moet & Chandon After Party (9 pm)- Held following A Taste of St. Croix. Music, dancing and pouring of champagne goes until wee hours in the morning. Included with A Taste of St. Croix Ticket.
Friday, April 11
Cork & Fork Dinners (5:30 pm)- Decadent dinners held in private homes. Celebrity chefs are paired with renowned wine makers to create an unforgettable evening. Featuring celebrity Chefs Todd Gray and Leah Cohen. $1,000 per person.
Sunset BBQ (6 pm)- The delicious BBQ takes place in historic Frederiksted town during the Sunset Jazz concert. Chefs team with local St. Croix Career and Technical Educational Complex’s award winning culinary team to show off their grilling talents. These fantastic students under the expert tutelage of Anton Doos will work with our visiting Chefs Dean Sprinks and Tony Castellucci from the Facebook Culinary Crew, as well as celebrity Chefs Sam Choy and Billy DeSimone to create a buffet feast to remember.With multiple bars, amazing food and room to roam and dance with the sounds of live entertainment. This event is not one you will want to miss. Attendees can meet celebrity chefs and enjoy beautiful views and tropical breezes. $50 per adult, $25 per child.
Saturday, April 12
Kids Cooking Class (10:30 am)- Guest and local chefs including the Crucian Contessa, offer simple cooking classes for children ages 6 - 12 years old. $25 per child.
Wine in the Warehouse (6 pm)- Saturday night brings everyone together for wine tasting with winemakers, cocktail samplings, small bites and music. The one-night transformation of the Leeward Warehouse is a beautiful and surprising experience. Book your tickets soon, events sell out quickly! $100 per person.
Book your tickets soon, events sell out quickly!
Tony Castellucci, Facebook Corporate Executive Chef
Sam Choy, James Beard Winner, author and restauranteur
Leah Cohen, 2013 Rising Star Winner, "Top Chef" contestant, and owner Pig & Khao, New York
Billy DeSimone, Executive Chef & founder of Josef DeSimone Foundation, and owner of Buffalo Diner
Todd Gray, Owner and Executive Chef at Equinox, "Chefs Move Schools" with First Lady Michelle Obama
Dean Sprinks, Facebook Corporate Executive Chef
Proceeds from the St. Croix Food & Wine Experience support local education, community revitalization and public safety programs managed by the St. Croix Foundation, a non-profit organization. The event series also impacts and supports local culinary, hospitality and tourism programs.
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Participating Hotels and Car Rentals
Location : Christiansted
Toll Free : 800-524-0410
Local Tel : 340-773-0687
Website : www.HotelCaravelle.com
European-Style Hotel on Christiansted’s Waterfront! St. Croix’s leader in hospitality and value, the beautiful Hotel Caravelle sits quietly on the water’s edge in historic Christiansted. This charming 43 room European-style hotel offers all of the advantages of a Caribbean resort- sailing, fishing, swimming, sunning, and snorkeling. Comfort, convenience, and a friendly Caribbean staff assure you a warm welcome and many happy returns to the Hotel Caravelle.
Location : East End
Toll Free : 800-255-3881
Local Tel : 340-712-2100
Website : www.TheBuccaneer.com
Host to ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’ and One of the World’s Top 50 Tropical Resorts – Conde Nast Traveler! The historic Buccaneer boasts 138 exquisite accommodations in a luxury country club atmosphere. Located on 340 acres two miles from Christiansted, the property has three lovely beaches, a championship golf course, renowned tennis and watersports – combined they create a luxury playground for all ages. Family owned and operated since 1947, The Buccaneer is perfect for couples, families, and honeymooners. Your stay includes a complimentary full breakfast, complimentary children’s programs year round, complimentary snorkeling, kayaks, and floats. A shuttle is provided into town for a small charge. We also offer a relaxing luxury day spa where you can get pampered from head to toe.
Location : East End
Toll Free : 800-619-0014
Local Tel : 340-773-4455
Website : www.TamarindReefResort.com
A quiet oasis on the beach – 39 room boutique resort, spa & 154-slip marina! Perfect for weddings, honeymoons, families, business executives and boating enthusiasts. Guests swim, snorkel, kayak, play tennis, enjoy massages, relax in hammocks, go on sailing charters, and conduct business via WIFI. All rooms are beachfront with private patio or balcony with optional kitchenette and satellite TV. On-site casual & fine-dining restaurants, freshwater pool, tennis courts, beach, air-conditioned daytime meeting space for up to 80, plus an internationally recognized Blue Flag marina in an architecturally stunning neighborhood ten minutes east of historic Christiansted.
Location : North Shore
Toll Free : 888-236-2427
Website : www.renaissancestcroix.com
Your Dream Wedding! Pure sugary sand, spectacular green mountains and rich mahogany decor set the backdrop for your incredible day. Featuring 19,000 square feet of flexible event areas, Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa specializes in Caribbean wedding receptions from 10-200 guests. Detailed wedding packages offer the flexibility to create a custom celebration from start to finish. And our skilled event planners personalize every event – from engagement parties, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, and receptions. All with breathtaking scenery like the sugary beach outlined by the spectacular sunset, a lush lawn setting bordered with pristine beach, or a terrazzo terrace bordering the Bell Tower. Our staff will mind the details so you can enjoy the beginning of your happily ever after.
Location : East End
Toll Free : 877-773-9700
Local Tel : 340-773-9700
Website : www.gotostcroix.com/resorts/divi-carina-bay-all-inclusive
All Inclusive Caribbean Resort and Casino! Divi Carina Bay Resort, St. Croix’s only All-Inclusive Resort and home to the U.S. Virgin Islands’ only Casino, is a deluxe 200 room resort located on the secluded eastern shore of the island. A combination of Caribbean charm with modern amenities, the Divi Carina Bay offers unlimited nightlife and world class gaming. They also have two fresh water pools, three restaurants, three bars, an 18-hole miniature golf course, a driving range & clubhouse, tennis courts, full service ‘Surfside Spa’, fitness center, a casino, and complimentary wireless internet access.
Location : Mid-Island, Airport, Christiansted
Toll Free : 888-288-8755
Local Tel : 340-778-0450
Website : www.CenterlineCarRentals.com
The Largest Independent Car Rental Company in the Virgin Islands! Centerline Car Rentals is the car rental of choice for St. Croix’s Major Resorts and Small Hotels. That is why we are the largest independent car rental company in the Virgin Islands. We have the most complete line of vehicles on St. Croix. Check out our selection from compacts to full size, Wranglers to SUVs, minivans to 15 passenger vans, and pick up trucks as well. We can DELIVER the vehicle to some locations and offer Free Pick Up anywhere. Come experience our personalized, professional service. Visit our website or call toll-free!
Location : At Airport, Christiansted
Toll Free : 888-264-8894
Local Tel : 340-778-9636
Website : www.BudgetStCroix.com
The Friendliest Employees and the Quickest Efficient Service! The easiest part of your trip – a Budget vehicle at a budgeted rate. Drive away and discover the beauty of St. Croix in a Budget vehicle. We are located at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport, downtown Christiansted across from the Seaplane, and for cruise ship passengars, in Frederiksted across from the Pier. We offer a wide range of vehicles from economy, Chrysler convertibles, 4×4 jeep convertibles and vans, plus FREE PICKUP. Budget has the friendliest employees, the quickest efficient service, the island’s largest and most diverse rental fleet at the most competitive rates, and free unlimited mileage. We accept all major credit cards. For reservations, go to our website, or call us toll-free.
Location : At Airport, Christiansted
Local Tel : 340-778-9355
Website : www.Avis.com
Multiple Locations Throughout St. Croix! At Avis, we try harder. Now you can make your reservations on-line and we will have your vehicle waiting for you at the airport or seaplane when you arrive. Please visit our website for more details. If you are visiting St. Croix on a cruise ship, call us directly at 340-778-9355 to rent a car for the day and have it ready when you arrive in port.
Location : Christiansted, Frederiksted
Toll Free : 888-USVI-CARS
Local Tel : 340-773-8000
Website : www.OlympicStCroix.com
Oldest and Largest Independent Car Rental Agency on St. Croix! Olympic Rent-A-Car is the oldest and largest independent car rental agency on St. Croix. Doing business since 1973, with locations in Christiansted (next to the Richmond Post Office) and in Frederiksted, just one block from the cruise ship pier (69 Queen St.). When you come to St. Croix, rent from Olympic Rent-A-Car and experience our personalized service. Our staff is described as the “friendliest staff on the island” and we look forward to serving you. Our low rates are unbeatable!