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 each year during its well-anticipated, well-attended event series! Local chefs, celebrity chefs, cooking show personalities and top winemakers from the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, California, Florida, and abroad support this series of events. And even more incredible is that the event itself a big fund-raiser designed to support the food service industry with training and scholarships, as well as support our community foundation, The St. Croix Foundation. Visit The St. Croix Food and Wine Experience website for all the details.
2013 Vacation Packages
Visitors can secure tickets to a Taste of St. Croix in advance by booking a hotel package with participating hotels. 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 – 5 nights, with inclusions like car rentals, Buck Island trips, and more.
Sunday, April 14 at 10:30 am
Cuisine on the Green – 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 16 at 6pm
Gourmet Vintner Dinner at Tutto Bene -Celebrity Chef Todd Gray 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.
Tuesday, April 16 at 6pm
City Crawl – Enjoy specialty beverages and food samplings from participating restaurants and bars as you stroll through the historic waterfront town of Christiansted. $100.
Wednesday, April 17 at 10:30 am
Wine Symposium – Features education based tastings from celebrated wine makers and sommeliers. $25. Hosted by The Palms at Pelican Cove.
Wednesday, April 17 at 4:30 pm
Food Fight! On the Beach – Celebrity Chefs Josef DeSimone, Paula DaSilva and Simon Stojanovic are paired with island chefs to compete in a hilarious series of challenges. Sponsored by Captain Morgan. $75.
Wednesday, April 17 at 7 pm
The Galleon Wine Dinner – Featuring a stellar menu by Chef Kenneth Biggs perfectly paired with Banfi wines. Sponsored by The Galleon Restaurant. $150.
Thursday, April 18 at 6pm
A Taste of St. Croix at Divi Carina Bay Resort – Features more than 50 local restaurants, over 20 wineries and 100′s 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.
Thursday, April 18
Moet & Chandon After Party – Held following A Taste of St. Croix. Music, dancing and pouring of champagne goes until wee hours in the morning. Included with Taste Ticket.
Friday, April 19 at 5:30 pm
Cork & Fork Dinners – Decadent dinners held in private homes. Celebrity chefs are paired with renowned wine makers to create an unforgettable evening. Featuring chefs Paula DaSilva and Mike Lata. $1000.
Friday, April 19 at 6 pm
Sunset BBQ – 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 celebrity chefs Simon Stojanovic, Josef DeSimoneto and the facebook culinary team 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 adult, $25 child.
Saturday, April 20 at 10:30 am
Kids Cooking Class – Guest and local chefs including the Crucian Contessa, offer simple cooking classes for children ages 6 – 12 years old. Sponsored by Innovative. $25 per child.
Saturday, April 20 at 6 pm
Wine in the Warehouse – Saturday night brings everyone together for wine tasting with winemakers, cocktail samplings, small bites and music. The one-night transformation of the watrehouse is a beautiful and surprising experience. Sponsored by Leeward Management.
Book your tickets soon, events sell out quickly!
Paula DaSilva, Miami Beach
Owner of Restaurant 1500o in Miami Beach, Hell’s Kitchen contestant, James Beard nominee
Josef DeSimone, Palo Alto
Culinary Director for Facebook
Todd Gray, Washington
Consultant for Michelle Obama’s Healthy Kid’s Initiative, James Beard nominee
Mike Lata, Charleston
Iron Chef America contestant, James Beard Award winner
Simon Stojanovic, Miami
Executive Chef of Tikl in Miami, nominated for Food & Wine Magazine’s People’s Best award 2012
Germán Bistué, Mendoza
Founding Partner & Marketing Director at Wine Bridge Imports
Shauna Rosenblum, Alameda
Head Winemaker of Rock Wall Winery, recipient of ‘Best Female Winemaker of Sparkling Wines’, ‘Best Zinfandel in California’, and many Gold, Double Gold and Best of Show Medals
- 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.