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Tourism Presents ‘Dine VI’ Restaurant Event in Two Weeks

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CHRISTIANSTED – “Restaurant Week” kicks off two weeks from today on the big island of St. Croix.

The event, sponsored by the Virgin Islands Tourism Department, begins October 28 and runs through Sunday November 8.

It’s officially called “Dine VI” and this culinary showcase is a bright celebration of the cuisine, culture and community of St. Croix that will feature an array of events and dining experiences, in addition to traditional prix fixe menu offerings.

“We are highlighting the diverse culinary offerings found throughout our islands for ‘Dine VI,’” said Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty, who explained that “to fully appreciate the wide variety of culinary talent on St. Croix, we needed more than seven days.”

Department of Tourism Manager of Product Development and Sustainable Marketing Carlotta Luis has been instrumental in spearheading this inaugural initiative, according to Nicholson-Doty.

Dine VI was developed “to attract food aficionados and gourmands as well as culinary, travel and lifestyle journalists and influencers to cover the island’s burgeoning culinary scene,” she said.

The 10-day event features festivities will incorporate various elements of the St. Croix community, including restaurants, farmers, chefs and amateur cooks, schools, gospel groups, culture bearers, local businesses and more.

Featured events and activities include “Food Learn,” a farm-to-table, educational culinary activity for young people, led by local chef Frank Pugliese, and the Frederiksted Waterfront Entertainment and Food Truck Festival, featuring multiple food trucks before a concert highlighting leading the Virgin Islands’ musical talent.

Another important element is “Food Cruise,” a culinary journey to the middle of St. Croix that will commence with a rum tour stopping at Captain Morgan and Cruzan Rum distilleries, followed by an excursion to sample the cuisine of three mid-island restaurants, and a “Gospel Brunch” featuring a fusion of food, fellowship performances from local gospel groups and choirs at several venues.

“Feast Christiansted” is a night of entertainment and fine dining experiences, produced in partnership with the Christiansted Restaurant and Retail Association and will highlight musical “Jump-Up” bartender demonstrations and restaurant specials.

For more information and a full schedule for Dine VI, visit www.dine.vi.

 

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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