St. Croix gets set to celebrate food and wine

Hotels on sun-soaked St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands have announced fun-filled packages for the 2013 St. Croix Food & Wine Experience. From three night packages to week-long stays, each vacation package offers a different experience during the St. Croix event, being held April 14-20. Hotel taxes and service charges are additional unless noted. Packages need to be booked with the hotel. Packages include The Buccaneer Culinary Getaway costing $2,990, and which includes five nights in oceanview accommodations, a five-day car rental, two tickets to A Taste of St. Croix, a culinary welcome turn-down amenity and full American breakfast daily, welcome cocktail, live music entertainment nightly and more. The Buccaneer offers two beaches, three restaurants, tennis, golf, a spa and 340-acres of oceanfront paradise. The waterfront Hotel Caravelle, located in the historic town of Christiansted, is offering a three-night package (April 17-19) based on double occupancy, in a deluxe ocean-front room. The package is $799 and includes two tickets to A Taste of St Croix, breakfast daily and a sailing trip to Buck Island National Park. Call 340-773-0687. Other choices include the Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort offering the “Early Bird Taste”room package. The deal features a discounted room rate from April 13-20, oceanfront accommodations, all meals and beverages plus a ticket to the Taste of St. Croix, the sampling and sipping event, which will once again be held on the resort’s beachfront on April 18. The package is $224 p.p. per night, based on double occupancy, with a three-night stay required. The booking window for the “Early Bird Taste”package is until Jan. 31. Call 1-877-773-9700 and use code TOSC2013. The schedule for the 2013 St. Croix Food & Wine Experience includes everything from wine dinners to cooking classes with celebrity chefs and talented island chefs. Celebrity chef guests include Josef DeSimone, Paula DaSilva, Todd Gray, Mike Lata and Simon Stojanovic. (