One of St. Croix’s most celebrated events is making its triumphant return! The 22nd Taste of St. Croix returns on Thursday, June 23rd to showcase St. Croix’s culinary scene from a myriad of restaurants, caterers, private chefs and a host of other culinary-based businesses throughout the territory. Since 2001, Taste of St. Croix has uniquely captured the spirit and flavor of the hospitality industry of St. Croix in a celebration that is now heralded as one of the premier food and wine events in the US Virgin Islands. For three hours, guests can sample a variety of local and international tastings while indulging on elegant wines from around the world. After a two-year hiatus because of a global pandemic, this highly anticipated event is a welcomed sight for many as it indicates that the world is reopening.

Event Director Collin Hodge has been part of Taste of St. Croix since its inception over 20 years ago. “I was initially brought on as a consultant for the event and soon after came on board as event coordinator,” said Hodge. Now in its 22nd installment, this year’s Taste of St. Croix showcase will be broadcasted live on Caribbeanfoodnetworktv.com. “We began our partnership with Caribbean Food Network during the pandemic to highlight the island’s culinary scene virtually.” Hodge expressed his excitement about working with the network to showcase Taste of St. Croix in its original glory on a much grander scale. The event also returns to its original location at Divi Carina Bay Resort which re-opened in February 2022 after crippling damage caused from hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. A 501 (c)(3) non-profit, Taste of St. Croix promotes and showcases the talent and potential of St. Croix’s hospitality industry through fostering partnerships, sponsoring training and industry events, and building public awareness of service-industry importance to the socio-economic future of the U.S. Virgin Islands. This year’s proceeds will benefit two crucial organizations that serve the St. Croix community: Lighthouse Mission and Women’s Coalition of St. Croix.

The 22nd Taste of St. Croix will take place on Thursday, June 23rd at Divi Carina Bay Resort from 6pm to 9pm. General admission and VIP tickets are available for purchase; $95 and $175 per person, respectively. Due to CDC and local health guidelines, a maximum of 500 tickets will be sold. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.tasteofstcroix.com.

Please note that proof of COVID vaccination or a negative COVID test 24 hours prior to the event may be required dependent upon USVI Department of Health guidance based on the territory’s positivity rate leading up to this event.

(photo above from www.tasteofstcroix.com)

Written by Anquanette Gaspard (agaspard@cruzanfoodie.com)