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. Book your tickets now, events sell out quickly!
Cuisine on the Green (10:30 am) - A fun golf tournament with bites and spirits at various tees throughout the course. 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 14
Gourmet Vintner Dinner at Tutto Bene (6 pm) – A celebrity chef will be 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 15
Food Fight! On the Beach (4:30 pm) - Celebrity chefs will be paired with island culinary students to compete in a fun and 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 16
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 17
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. $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 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. Attendees can meet celebrity chefs and enjoy beautiful views and tropical breezes. $50 per adult, $25 per child.
Saturday, April 18
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.
Tony Castellucci, Facebook Corporate Executive Chef
Sam Choy, Author, James Beard Award Winner, Iron Chef, TV Show Host, Restaurateur
Kevin Fonzo, KWine Bar, Chefs Move to Schools
Duff Goldman, Charm City Cakes, Ace of Cakes, Food Network
Todd Gray, Chef/Partner Equinox Restaurant, Todd Gray’s Watershed, Todd Gray’s Muse
Ray Lampe, Dr. BBQ, Food Network, BBQ Hall of Fame, Fox Sports Network
Dean Spinks, Facebook Corporate Executive Chef
Digby Stridiron, Culinary Ambassador, US Virgin Islands Department of Tourism
2015 Vacation Packages:
Vacation packages are available through the following resorts and hotels:
Phone : (800) 524-0410 | (340) 773-0687
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.
Phone : (800) 255-3881 | (340) 712-2100
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 » read more »
Phone : (800) 619-0014 | (340) 773-4455
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.
Phone : (888) 236-2427 | (340) 778-3800
A Quintessentially Caribbean Escape! The quintessential Caribbean escape awaits at Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa. As you embark on your journey of fun and relaxation, you’ll be swept away by the unmatched beauty of our resort. Tucked away on a secluded stretch of white sand beach and surrounded by lush green mountains on one side and the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea on the other, you’ll treasure every moment. Spacious accommodations, indulgent amenities and exceptional service all combine to reflect the spirit of this tranquil Caribbean resort and complete your idyllic vacation.
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.