Divi Resorts, a collection of nine premium resorts on six stunning Caribbean islands, recently held the 10th annual “Taste of St. Croix” at its Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort. Inarguably the island’s most anticipated, exciting, attended and delicious affair, the annual tasting and competition highlights the delectable cuisine of St. Croix.
The beachfront soirée, held April 15, 2010, brought 1,700 guests to the property for this year’s culinary celebration. More than 50 restaurants vied for “Best Of” awards in a range of categories, including Best Local Fare, Best Presentation and Best Vegetarian dish. Vintners from around the world also participated, offering event goers a sampling of their wines.
Celebrity judges for this year’s competition included Kevin Rathbun, known as the “Sultan of Steak,” whose three Atlanta restaurants have been given top honors by Details, Esquire and The Atlanta Constitution; Robert Trevino, an Iron Chef America contender and famous for his Nueva Latina cooking at his superb restaurant in San Juan; and Tim Love, culinary personality and chef/owner of The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro and The Love Shack in Ft. Worth, TX.
Media attending this year’s event were writing for The Dallas Morning News, American Way and Caribbean Travel & Life, among others. Keep an eye out for stories in the upcoming winter travel issues of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Modern Luxury Bride and Ocean Home, too.
The Taste of St. Croix was started in 2001 as a modest affair at the Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort and now crowds amble up and down the beachfront for wine, music and song. Oh, did we mention there’s also a great after-party sponsored by Moet Chandon?
The Taste of St. Croix is the seminal event in what is now the five-day St. Croix Food & Wine Experience, named one of the best food festivals in the world by Forbes Traveler 2009. And, in addition to a good time, it does a good thing: all proceeds from the events benefit the St. Croix Foundation, which fosters economic, social and cultural development on the island.
So, who’s ready for next year’s event?