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Taste of St. Croix Brings Elegance, Delicious Food, and Normalcy

Ridge to reef’s presentation at Taste of St. Croix. (Source photo by Diana Dias)

The 22nd annual Taste of St. Croix brought elegance, delicious food and a sense of normalcy to St. Croix on Thursday evening at the Divi Carina Bay Resort and Casino. The event was in full swing as the finest restaurants from St. Croix showcased their best dishes in hopes of reigning supreme in their category.

This was the first time since the pandemic that masks were not required, and the hundreds of attendees indulged in a night of fun.

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This year’s Taste of St. Croix judges. (VI Source photo by Diana Dias)

Judge Jamal Lake said it is his second-year judging, his last time being in 2019. “It was such an amazing experience then and to be back is a pleasure.  It feels really good to be back in St. Croix with no mask,” he said.

When asked what he was specifically looking for in the dishes he was judging, Lake said, “One of the things I am looking for is trying to see if they take our local dishes and kind of elevate them, put a new spin on things that we have here.”

Taylor Holmes, who represented Bluewater Terrace on behalf of her mother, said that they have been in business for 13 years and a part of the Taste of St. Croix for 11. They served conch stuffed mofongo, gooseberry cheesecake tacos, and stuffed cheesecake puffs.

Blue Water Terrace served their local conch and mofongo dish. (Source photo by Diana Dias)

Misfits Island Munchies used unconventional ingredients such as noni leaves and the stinking toe fruit to create two of their dishes. Noni-wrapped steamed dumplings with saltfish were served, while dessert was a fried donut that incorporated a peanut punch cream and a passion fruit stinking toe jam.

Throughout the night attendees enjoyed sampling from some of their favorite restaurants as they listened to live music and occasionally visited the casino to try their luck as passing clouds occasionally sprinkled the event.

This year’s competition winners are:

Presentation

  • 1st Place: Blue Water Terrace
  • 2nd Place: Tie between 69 Restaurant and Bar and Southgate Corner Farmers Market
  • 3rd Place: Tie between Misfits Island Munchies, Ridge to Reef Farm and Cruzian Bayou Bistro

Local Fare

  • 1st Place:  Tap Deck Bar and Billiards
  • 2nd Place:  Ridge to Reef Farm
  • 3rd Place:  Southgate Corner Farmers Market

Beverage

  • 1st Place:  Tap Deck and Billiards
  • 2nd Place:  VLP Enterprise
  • 3rd Place:  Just Desserts

Soup & Stew

  • 1st Place:  Blue Water Terrace
  • 2nd Place:  Kalalloo Man
  • 3rd Place:  Salt Great Pond

Dessert

  • 1st Place: Misfits Island Munchies
  • 2nd Place:  Just Desserts
  • 3rd Place:  Cultured Delights

Vegetarian

  • 1stPlace:  Cruzian Bayou Bistro
  • 2ndPlace:  Ridge to Reef Farm
  • 3rdPlace:  Southgate Corner Farmer’s Market

Appetizer

  • 1st Place:  69 Restaurant and Bar
  • 2nd Place:  Deep End Restaurant
  • 3rd Place:  Misfit Island Munchies

Entre

  • 1st Place:  69 Restaurant and Bar
  • 2nd Place:  The Bistro Eatery and Catering
  • 3rd Place:  Duval Cruzian

Other judges included Troy Millington, Commissioner Calvert White, Mathayom Vacharat, Wanda Belardo, Molly Buckley, Julius Jackson, Dean Fennessey, Cyndee Frontal, Diane Brown, Commissioner Gary Molloy, David Benjamin, Source reporter Susan Ellis, and attorney Danny Matarangas-King.

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Ridge to reef’s presentation at Taste of St. Croix. (Source photo by Diana Dias) The 22nd annual Taste of St. Croix brought elegance, delicious food and a sense of normalcy to St. Croix on Thursday evening at the Divi Carina Bay Resort and Casino. The event was in full swing as the finest restaurants from St. Croix showcased their best dishes in hopes of reigning supreme in their category. This was the first time since the pandemic that masks were not required, and the hundreds of attendees indulged in a night of fun. This year's Taste of St. Croix judges. (VI Source photo by Diana Dias) Judge Jamal Lake said it is his second-year judging, his last time being in 2019. “It was such an amazing experience then and to be back is a pleasure.  It feels really good to be back in St. Croix with no mask," he said. When asked what he was specifically looking for in the dishes he was judging, Lake said, “One of the things I am looking for is trying to see if they take our local dishes and kind of elevate them, put a new spin on things that we have here.” Taylor Holmes, who represented Bluewater Terrace on behalf of her mother, said that they have been in business for 13 years and a part of the Taste of St. Croix for 11. They served conch stuffed mofongo, gooseberry cheesecake tacos, and stuffed cheesecake puffs. Blue Water Terrace served their local conch and mofongo dish. (Source photo by Diana Dias) Misfits Island Munchies used unconventional ingredients such as noni leaves and the stinking toe fruit to create two of their dishes. Noni-wrapped steamed dumplings with saltfish were served, while dessert was a fried donut that incorporated a peanut punch cream and a passion fruit stinking toe jam. Throughout the night attendees enjoyed sampling from some of their favorite restaurants as they listened to live music and occasionally visited the casino to try their luck as passing clouds occasionally sprinkled the event. This year's competition winners are: Presentation
  • 1st Place: Blue Water Terrace
  • 2nd Place: Tie between 69 Restaurant and Bar and Southgate Corner Farmers Market
  • 3rd Place: Tie between Misfits Island Munchies, Ridge to Reef Farm and Cruzian Bayou Bistro
Local Fare
  • 1st Place:  Tap Deck Bar and Billiards
  • 2nd Place:  Ridge to Reef Farm
  • 3rd Place:  Southgate Corner Farmers Market
Beverage
  • 1st Place:  Tap Deck and Billiards
  • 2nd Place:  VLP Enterprise
  • 3rd Place:  Just Desserts
Soup & Stew
  • 1st Place:  Blue Water Terrace
  • 2nd Place:  Kalalloo Man
  • 3rd Place:  Salt Great Pond
Dessert
  • 1st Place: Misfits Island Munchies
  • 2nd Place:  Just Desserts
  • 3rd Place:  Cultured Delights
Vegetarian
  • 1stPlace:  Cruzian Bayou Bistro
  • 2ndPlace:  Ridge to Reef Farm
  • 3rdPlace:  Southgate Corner Farmer’s Market
Appetizer
  • 1st Place:  69 Restaurant and Bar
  • 2nd Place:  Deep End Restaurant
  • 3rd Place:  Misfit Island Munchies
Entre
  • 1st Place:  69 Restaurant and Bar
  • 2nd Place:  The Bistro Eatery and Catering
  • 3rd Place:  Duval Cruzian
Other judges included Troy Millington, Commissioner Calvert White, Mathayom Vacharat, Wanda Belardo, Molly Buckley, Julius Jackson, Dean Fennessey, Cyndee Frontal, Diane Brown, Commissioner Gary Molloy, David Benjamin, Source reporter Susan Ellis, and attorney Danny Matarangas-King.