Photo Focus – Taste of St. Croix Brings the Flavor!

From the live music, energizing DJs, and colorful sundresses, to the aromas filling the warm, humid air, the 23rd Annual Taste of St. Croix was the must-attend event this past Thursday on the island of St. Croix. And, yes, most attendees tried every dish from the twenty participating restaurants, private chefs, farmers, and caterers at Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort and Casino.

“VIYA has sponsored Taste of St. Croix from the very beginning,” stated Jennifer Matarangas-King, Viya’s VP of Public Relations at Viya. “Focused on connectivity, connection, and culture, these events are part of what we want to support in the community, especially as one of the top food fests in the Caribbean,” added VP Matarangas-King.

Chef Ozzie Kitchen undeniably had a long line of attendees from the start to the end in anticipation of a taste of their gooseberry leg of lamb. (Photo by Source staff)
Serving a mini plate full of shredded turkey leg with a side of plantain and rice, Turkey Leg on the Go, hailing out of Frederiksted is a family-owned business, known as the “DREAM TEAM.” (Photo by Source staff)
For those looking for something a bit more on the vegan or vegetarian side, Vital Vibrations, known for their organic ingredients, did not disappoint at this year’s Taste of St. Croix with a simplicity of fresh herbs and spices. (Photo by Source staff)
Zeny’s Restaurant couldn’t keep enough stew chicken to serve the masses — it was a big hit. (Photo by Source staff)
Brittany Midd, owner of Duval Cruzian, also known as Chef B, tantalized taste buds with a tamarind BBQ alongside a vegetarian egg roll. (Photo by Source staff)
Duval Cruzian also served up traditional gumbo with a smile. (Photo by Source staff)

The culinary talent on display at this year’s Taste of St. Croix was worth every bite with generous distributors that served up a selection of wines, non-alcoholic beverages, and local favorite, Leatherback Brew beers. Additional sponsors of this year’s event included the Government of the Virgin Islands, Department of Tourism, Bellows International, and more.