The St. Maarten Tourism Bureau and the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association have announced the Dutch Caribbean island’s first annual food festival, dubbed “St. Maarten Flavors.”
The festival will be held throughout November, which is recognized island-wide as the culinary month. The goal of “St. Maarten Flavors” is to offer local restaurants a platform to showcase their creations, besides inviting visitors and locals alike to immerse themselves in the island’s culinary scene. Restaurants will also curate additional experiences, including live music, DJs and DIY sushi sessions. St. Maarten is home to a range of cultures and influences including Trinidadian, Asian, Dutch and Italian, among others.
Over 22 restaurants have confirmed their participation in “St. Maarten Flavors.” These include: Aziana, Bamboo House, Bold Buddha, Bovin Steakhouse, Dutch Blonde Beach Bar, Emilio’s, Infinity, Irie Garden, Jai’s Contemporary Fusion Cuisine, Jax Steakhouse, La Patrona, Ocean Lounge, Pineapple Pete’s, Pink Pearl, Pure Ocean, Topper’s, Sale & Pepe, SALT, Spices of India, Three Amigos and Veranda Market & Bistro. Offerings will range from samplers or one-course bites to full three-course dining experiences.
“We are delighted to dedicate the month of November to our local restaurants and give patrons a taste of just how much our culinary scene has to offer,” said Omar Ottley, acting minister of tourism, economic affairs, transport and telecommunication. “From our fine dining options to roadside lolos, the local flair and international influence shine through with every dish. We invite all to attend and get a taste of St. Maarten’s flavors, and look forward to showcasing this annual event to visitors from around the world—giving them a reason to return for favorites and new flavors, year after year.”
Additionally, Dutch, French, and other international chefs have an opportunity to showcase their skills throughout “Fete de la Cuisine,” which is making its comeback in St. Maarten from November 4 to 12 following a five-year absence. Scheduled events include a wine pairing and a six-course meal led by seven international chefs, spirits tastings and fundraising dinners. St. Maarten also shares its land mass with French Saint Martin on the north side, which is hosting the second annual “Festival Gastronomie” from November 11 to 22—making it the perfect month for foodies who want to visit the island.
For more information, visit www.stmaartenflavors.com.