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For 17 years, Taste of St. Croix has celebrated the special spirit and flavor of St. Croix by bringing together more than 50 local chefs, restaurants, farmers, caterers, farmers, and distributors. The event began in 2001 as the brainchild of two local restaurateurs as a way to showcase the diverse and delectable cuisine and culture of St. Croix with its many influences from all over the Caribbean and the world. Today, the Taste of St. Croix event is known nationally and abroad as one of the finest food and wine events in the Caribbean. The event continues to grow and attract thousands of guests including international winemakers, rum distillers, beer brewers, celebrity chefs, foodies, journalists, social media influencers, and more. Now expanded to a series of events, Taste of St. Croix continues to delight locals and visitors alike and shine a spotlight on the growing culinary scene of the island. 

Taste of St. Croix is more than just spectacular food and wine events, it is also a fundraiser. Taste of St. Croix has donated more than $350,000 to community programs and local organizations since its inception. In addition, Taste of St. Croix’s 365 Program comprises a year-round calendar of projects to support and promote the island’s hospitality industry. 

Save the date…this year’s Taste of St. Croix event will take place on Thursday, April 12, 2018! Details will be added as the become available.

Book your tickets now, these events sell out quickly!

 


 

2017 TASTE EVENTS WERE

 

Taste of St. Croix, USVI - Taste of the Town

Taste of the Town

Wednesday, April 5, 2017  |  Two Tours: 5:15pm & 6:00pm  |  Martini’s, balter, Zion Modern Kitchen, Aqua Sounds Studios  |  $100 per person

Taste of St. Croix kicks off with Taste of the Town, a tour of Christiansted’s historic courtyards, restaurants and secret spots. Guided by a St. Croix historian with entertaining stories of the island’s culture, heroes and folklore, you’ll stop for pairing of delicious bites, wine tastings and finish up with a party full of live music, dancing and cordials. First stop, Martini’s for champagne and tapas. Then, wine and appetizers will be served at balter. An entree will be served at the third stop, Zion Modern Kitchen, along with a wine pairing. The final stop will be Aqua Sounds Studios for music, cordials and dessert.

 

Taste of St. Croix, USVITaste of St. Croix

Thursday, April 6, 2017  |  6:00pm – Midnight |  Divi Carina Bay Resort & Casino  |  $95 General Admission, $125 VIP Admission

The 17th annual Taste of St. Croix is the main event, and the one that started it all. Restaurateurs, chefs, farmers, distributors, distillers, caterers, and fisherman set up shop at Divi Carina Bay Resort & Casino where attendees stroll around and enjoy a sampling of the culture and vibes of St. Croix. Taste of St. Croix celebrates the bounty of St. Croix’s culinary community with more than 50 purveyors on hand to showcase locally sourced ingredients in creative presentations. Award-winning chefs and local celebrities will judge the offerings put forth by participating chefs, restaurants, caterers and farmers as they vie for coveted awards in several dish categories, including best entrée, dessert, beverage, local dish, and best presentation. Festivities include live music, amazing food, and tastings of wine, beer and spirits.  VIP ticket holders will also enjoy a pre-event wine reception at 5:00pm and VIP access into Taste. Those who attend this popular event walk away with memories that keep them coming back year after year, so don’t miss your chance to attend this night of elegance and culture!

 

Taste of St. Croix, USVI - Taste BudsTaste Buds

Saturday, April 8, 2017  |  9:00am & 11:00am  |  Pearl B. Larsen Elementary School  |  $35 per child

Taste Buds is a culinary adventure for children ages 7–12. Led by a team of local and celebrity chefs, the program introduces kids to local ingredients and healthy cooking in a fun, hands-on setting. Budding chefs ages 7 & 8 should arrive at Pearl B. Larsen Elementary School at 9:00am, and ages 9-12 should arrive by 11:00am. One parent is required to stay with participating children ages 7 & 8, and one parent per child is welcome to stay (but not required) for the 9 & 10 and 11 & 12 year old classes.

 

Taste of St. Croix, USVI - Cuisine on the GreenCuisine on the Green

Sunday, April 9, 2017  |  12:00pm & 2:30pm  |  Carambola Golf Course  |  $200 Golfer, $75 Taster

Whether you play golf or not this is a fun, entertaining and tasty event! The famous Robert Trent Jones deigned Carambola Golf Course makes for a picturesque setting for the four person scramble tournament, but it’s the fantastic food and beverage parings along the course that stand out at this event. Non-golfing “tasters” pair up in a golf cart and get a two hour window to taste their way across the scenic golf course. Tasters can purchase tickets for 12:00pm or 2:30pm start times. Golfers, you can request who you would like to play with by contacting Carambola Golf Club at (340) 778-5638. Tasters, you can also call the Carambola Golf Club to request the person with whom you would like to share a cart.

 


 

2017 JUDGES & CELEBRITIES WERE

 

add_Chef-Tiffany-Derry-of-Private-Social-in-Dallas_083352Tiffany Derry | Chef Tiffany Derry was a finalist on Bravo’s shows Top Chef and Top Chef: All-Stars, and co-host of Spike TV’s series Hungry Investors. Chef Derry graduated from the Art Institute’s Culinary Arts Program in Houston and is now the National Spokesperson for the Art Institute’s Culinary Arts Program, as well as a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier.

ad_kevin-fonzoKevin Fonzo | After graduating with honors from The Culinary Institute of America, Chef Fonzo worked as a chef at several prestigious restaurants. before opening and becoming the Chef/Restaurateur of two restaurants, K Restaurant and Wine Bar and Nonna Trattoria, which have since merged into a single restaurant. Chef Fonzo is also the founder of The Kevin Fonzo Foundation, which was started based on his belief in using the school garden and kitchen classroom as a catalyst to encourage kids to understand and cook healthy meals.

ad_Julius_Jackson_biomain_0Julius “The Chef” Jackson | A native U.S. Virgin Islander, born on St. Thomas, Julius Jackson followed in his father’s footsteps and became a boxer. During his career, Julius represented the U.S. Virgin Islands in the 2008 Olympics, before going professional. In addition to his impressive boxing career, “The Chef” turned his attention to his passion for the culinary arts and graduated from the Florida Culinary Institute in 2008 and was head chef at Fat Turtle on St. Thomas. 

ad_foxy-callwoodPhilicianno “Foxy” Callwood | Foxy Callwood is a Virgin Islands icon and owner of the world-famous Foxy’s in Great Harbour, on the British Virgin Island of Jost Van Dyke, home to an annual New Year’s Party that is considered to be in the top three places in the world to be on New Years’ Eve. In addition to being quite a well-know character of the Caribbean, Foxy is also known by many as a musician, poet, entertainer,  conservationist, and West Indian philosopher extraordinaire.

 


 

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Taste of St. Croix is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and has donated more than $350,000 to community programs and local organizations since its inception. In 2016, Taste of St. Croix gave $10,000 to The Lighthouse Mission, granted two full-time scholarships to the University of the Virgin Islands Hospitality and Tourism Management Program and established a travel fund for high school students participating in culinary competitions. In addition, Taste of St. Croix’s 365 Program comprises a year-round calendar of projects to support and promote the island’s hospitality industry. Projects include:

Reef Responsible: Operated in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy and its partners, Reef Responsible coordinates workshops to promote sustainable fishing practices.

St. Croix Culinary Juniors: Cultivating future generations of culinary talent, St. Croix Culinary Juniors provides learning opportunities and hands-on experience for island youth interested in pursuing careers in the culinary arts.

Farmer-to-Table: In partnership with the Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture, Taste of St. Croix fosters a connection between island restaurants and local farmers designed to showcase locally sourced ingredients.

 

 


 

2017 ACCOMMODATION DEALS WERE

 

Caravelle HotelCaravelle Hotel & Casino

The newly renovated Caravelle Hotel & Casino is located on the pier in historic Christiansted. The 43-room European-style waterfront hotel blends Old World elegance with 21st-century service and amenities.  Deal: Three-night stay for two including daily breakfast, two tickets to A Taste of St. Croix and a copy of The St. Croix Food & Wine Experience cookbook. Priced starting at $170.10 per night. Call (340) 773-0687 and mention rate code “Taste of STX.”

 

Tamarind Reef HotelTamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina

Located on the beach 10 minutes east of historic Christiansted, Tamarind Reef Resort offers hotel-style guest rooms and efficiency units with kitchenettes. Beach access includes a child-friendly wading area.  Deal: Three-night stay for two in an ocean-view room, a coupon booklet with savings valued at $1,000, and a bottle of rum. Priced starting at $589, including taxes and gratuities. Call (800) 619-0014 or (340) 718-4455 and mention rate code “Taste STX.”

 

ad_diviresort_ResortsDivi Carina Bay Beach Resort & Casino

With 200 guest rooms, four restaurants and 5,500 square feet of meeting space, Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort & Casino is the only all-inclusive resort and casino on the island of St. Croix. The hotel hosts the annual Taste of St. Croix gala.  Deal: Starting at $167 per person, per night (based on double occupancy) including one complimentary ticket per registered guest to the main Taste of St. Croix event. Request the “Taste of St. Croix” rate when booking.

 

ad_Buccaneerhotel_resortsThe Buccaneer

Family-owned since it opened in 1947, The Buccaneer offers 138 guest rooms and suites in addition to The Buccaneer Beach House at Whistle Point, a six-bedroom villa complex with a main house and two cottages. The beachfront resort also offers an 18-hole golf course.  Deal: Offered April 4–12, a five-night stay for two in an ocean-view room including daily full American breakfast for two, welcome cocktails, five-day car rental (conditions apply), a culinary turndown amenity and two tickets to the Taste of St. Croix main event. Priced at $2,990.

 

Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & SpaThe Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa

The Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa is located on the beach in the foothills of a rainforest. All guest rooms feature kitchenettes and screened porches. Deal: Four-night stay for two including daily breakfast and two tickets to the Taste of St. Croix main event. Priced starting at $296 per night. Call (888) 236-2427 or (340) 778-3800 and mention booking code “CUE”.

 

ad_vacation-st-croixVacation St. Croix

Vacation St. Croix is a fully licensed, insured and bonded vacation rental and property management/maintenance company. The company’s roster includes dozens of rental villas.  Deal: A 10 percent discount off any villa booking of seven nights or more. Call (340) 718- 0361 or email marti@vacationstcroix.com and mention booking code “Taste”.

 

AD-White-house-3-4bd-SSerenity Garden Villas

Serenity Garden Villas’ portfolio includes three luxury villas on the island of St. Croix: The White House, Estate Buena Vista and Estate Coral Reef. Each villa features a swimming pool and deck, an outdoor grill and a lanai/gazebo.  Deal: A 30 percent discount off a one-week stay at The White House, Estate Buena Vista and/or Estate Coral Reef including airport transfer to the villa, light provisioning and post-stay cleaning. Inquire online at www.serenitygardenvillas.com and mention booking code “taste2017″.

 


 

BOOK YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

For more information about Taste of St. Croix, to purchase event tickets, or to request information about sponsorship opportunities, please visit tasteofstcroix.com or call (340) 719-7777.   Book your tickets now, these events sell out quickly!

 

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