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‘Food, Fun and Rum’ Event Kicks Off In April On St. Croix

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“The White House” in Shoys

CHRISTIANSTED – A St. Croix resort property is offering foodies from the mainland a chance to sample the outstanding local cuisine of the Big Island.

Serenity Garden Villas says it is offering “upscale, authentic Caribbean villa vacations” in the Virgin Islands for an event called: “Food, Fun & Rum.”

The resort said the special vacation package includes one week in a villa, a bottle of locally made Cruzan Rum, and two VIP tickets to the Taste of St. Croix event on April 14, 2016.

Travelers have a choice of three villas on St. Croix and package rates start at $2,800 for a one-week stay. For more information email, call 305-542-9198 or visit

“Tickets to A Taste of St. Croix are the most coveted tickets on the island. They sell out in minutes,” said Chad Cawley of Serenity Garden Villas. “Securing VIP access in advance for our guests is just one way we make their villa vacation all the more relaxing.”

Serenity Garden Villas offers three villas on St. Croix. Buena Vista on the East End of the island features four bedrooms, a swimming pool, open kitchen and dramatic views of the island and ocean.

The White House is a four-bedroom villa in Estate Shoys, complete with a pool, full-kitchen, and is walking distance to the beach. Coral Reef Estate is located in Judith’s Fancy, a friendly, gated neighborhood with three beach areas to explore.

Details on each villa are available at A Taste of St. Croix is an annual food event that shares samples of mouth-watering samples from local chefs, farmers, restaurants, and mixologists while sharing sips of celebrated wines, rums and beers from around the world.

Some 50 restaurants compete for recognition from attendees, who vote for People’s Choice, and celebrity judges who award first through third place in each category.

Past judges have included Hawaiian legend Sam Choy, Ace of Cakes’ Duff Goldman, James Beard Winner Anita Lo, Facebook Executive Chefs Tony Castellucci and Dean Spinks, and Top Chef fan favorite Tiffany Derry. The event is held every April. The 2016 event is Thursday, April 14.

About A Taste of St. Croix

A Taste of St. Croix, Inc. is a 501(c)3 federal tax exempt nonprofit organization. As a benefit for the community, proceeds from Taste are directed to funding restaurant and service industry related training in addition to many civic, arts, and cultural events that help keep St. Croix vibrant.

A Taste of St. Croix, Inc. promotes and showcases the talent and potential of St. Croix’s hospitality industry through fostering partnerships, sponsoring training and industry events, and building public awareness of the critical role that the service-industry fills in improving the socioeconomic future of St. Croix and the US Virgin Islands.

About Serenity Garden Villas

Serenity Garden Villas ( offers authentic, relaxing villa vacations in the US Virgin Islands. The on-island Concierge Team assists guests with the essentials from simple to sensational including provisioning the villa with food and beverages; creating custom island activities and itineraries; coordinating exclusive experiences from private chefs to private plane charters; and providing local knowledge on the destination. Serenity Garden Villas offers three villas on St. Croix (Buena Vista, The White House, Coral Reef Estate) and one on St. Thomas (Eden View Villa). Each villa features crisp, clean Caribbean décor; a swimming pool; WiFi and cable TV; fully-equipped kitchens; and stunning locations. For more information and reservations, email, call 305-542-9198 or visit

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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 40 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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