St. Croix Food & Wine Experience

St. Croix Food & Wine ExperienceEach 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 while raising funds for some of the island's charities. Hailed as one of the 'Ten Best International Food and Wine Festivals' by Forbes Travel, the St. Croix Food and Wine Experience showcases the diverse cuisine and wines 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.  Book your tickets now, events sell out quickly!

St. Croix Food & Wine Experience - City Crawl

Photo by Q Studio, LLC

The 2017 St. Croix Food & Wine Experience will be held  April 7th - 10th.

Details and specific event dates for the 2017 Experience have not yet been announced, but for those planning to travel to St. Croix and attend the 2017 the events will take place between April 7th - 10th, and A Taste of St. Croix will take place on April 6th. Our Calendar of Events and the 2017 Event Line-Up will be updated as more information becomes available.

The 2016 Event Line-Up Was:


Friday, April 8, 2016

Cork & Fork Dinners : Decadent dinners held in private homes. Each home boasts a luxurious menu developed by the Celebrity chefs Sam Choy and Robyn Almodovar which is then perfectly paired with hand selected wines. Dinners start at 6:00pm, tickets are $1,000 per person.

Sunset BBQ : The delicious BBQ takes place in historic Frederiksted town and features a sunset jazz concert. Chefs Billy Desimone, Negust Kaza, Ralph Motta, and Digby Stridiron 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 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. Sunset BBQ begins at 6:00pm, tickets are $50 per adult and $25 per child.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Wine in the Warehouse : Turn back the clock for the one-night transformation of the Leeward Islands Warehouse into the Great Gatsby and Prohibition Era. With a few new twists, this favorite event promises to be a beautiful, surprising, and fun experience. Featuring live music, a silent auction, a fabulous raffle, wines for sale, amazing appetizers and of course, the focus of the evening: wine tastings with winemakers present. Put your shawl on to combat the cool air in the wine warehouse and don’t forget to dress for the time: flappers, fringe, feathers and tassels are welcome! Sponsored by Leeward Islands Management. Event begins at 6:00pm, tickets are $125 per person.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Cuisine on the Green : Experience a beautiful Robert Trent Jones Golf Course while you enjoy culinary bites and cocktail samples at select tees. Non-golfers are invited to sample the tastings with or without a golf cart. 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 and sip your way through an 18 Hole Scramble culminating with a dessert buffet and awards ceremony. Sponsored by Carambola Golf Club. Tee time is Noon, tickets are $200 per golfer, $125 per taster with a golf cart, and $75 per taster without a golf cart. To purchase tickets and for all other inquires, contact Carambola Golf Club directly at (340) 778-5638.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Taste Farmers Market : Explore the local bounty of St. Croix at the 5th Annual Taste Farmers Market for the chefs, restaurants, and the public. The market will be held at Christian Shan Hendricks Vegetable Market on Company Street in Christiansted from 10am - 3pm.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Gourmet Vintner Dinner : It’s the '25th All Silver Jubilee' at the Gourmet Vintner Dinner in 2016. Join us for an intimate and lively dining experience where we celebrate the Foundation’s 25th Anniversary with celebrity guest Chef Javier Nassar, who will create a delectable menu paired with renowned wines from Terlato International Wines. With its gourmet themed auction, this classy and lively dinner kicks off the week of indulgence and generosity. Dinner starts at 6:00pm at Ha’Penny Bay Beach Club, tickets are $250 per person (includes gratuity). 

Food & Wine Experience - Cork & Fork Dinner

Photo by Michael Nissman

The 2016 Talent Line-Up:

Sam Choy, Author, James Beard Award Winner, Iron Chef, TV Show Host, Restaurateur

Robyn Almodovar, Chef, Winner of Food Network's 'Chopped' and 'Cut Throat Kitchen', Owner of 'Palate Party' Food Truck

Javier Nassarn, Chef and Owner of A la Carte Catering Co. and Tras-patio Bistro

Digby StridironCulinary Ambassador, US Virgin Islands Department of Tourism 

William 'Billy D.' DesimoneChef, Restauranteur and Co-Founder of the 'Josef L. Desimone Giving the Dream Memorial Fund'

Negust Kaza, Chef and Owner of Kaza House,  Virgin Islands Olympic Culinary Team

Ralph Motta, Chef, Fine Artist, a Black Enterprise 'Modern Man of 2015'


Vacation Packages:

Vacation packages are available through the following resorts and hotels:


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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