Restaurant FAQs

Part I: Tickets & Wristbands: Entry Into the Taste

No problem! You don’t have to enter a judging category to participate in Taste of St. Croix, many businesses just want to be involved in a fun community event.

Go to the announcer’s balcony in the lobby of Taste, and be prepared to have your photo snapped!

Winners are announced between 8:30-9:00pm.  Listen carefully for your restaurant’s name! If you miss the announcements, check social media!

You will be given your judging time at orientation.

This is your chance to use your own plate, bowl, or special glass for a professional photo. Photography is separate from judging, so bring one extra, full-size portion of your dish to the Photography Table, which will be adjacent to the Judging Area. Be sure to wait and take your dish after it is photographed.

There are 3 judges who sit at every category and they each receive their own sample. You need to prepare three identical samples of the same dish for each category you join.

Taste will provide you with bowls and plates for your samples at Taste Orientation. We will make sure you receive the appropriate dish for your entry.

You must reserve your category when you register for Taste. There is a maximum of 20 entries per category and reservations are first come, first serve. We recommend you register early to reserve the category(ies) you want! You can change your category up to Restaurant Orientation (March 29-31) if there are spaces available in the category you want to change into. If a category is full, stay in your reserved space and take on the challenge!

You can enter up to two categories. Can I enter two different dishes in one category? You may only enter a category once!

Appetizer, Entrée, Soup/Stew, Dessert, Beverage, Vegetarian, and Local Fare.

Booths are judged for Best Presentation from 5:30pm to 5:55pm, however, it is recommended you are prepared well in advance!

Part II : Food & Supplies – Preparing for the Event

No problem! You don’t have to enter a judging category to participate in Taste of St. Croix, many businesses just want to be involved in a fun community event.

Go to the announcer’s balcony in the lobby of Taste, and be prepared to have your photo snapped!

Winners are announced between 8:30-9:00pm.  Listen carefully for your restaurant’s name! If you miss the announcements, check social media!

You will be given your judging time at orientation.

This is your chance to use your own plate, bowl, or special glass for a professional photo. Photography is separate from judging, so bring one extra, full-size portion of your dish to the Photography Table, which will be adjacent to the Judging Area. Be sure to wait and take your dish after it is photographed.

There are 3 judges who sit at every category and they each receive their own sample. You need to prepare three identical samples of the same dish for each category you join.

Taste will provide you with bowls and plates for your samples at Taste Orientation. We will make sure you receive the appropriate dish for your entry.

You must reserve your category when you register for Taste. There is a maximum of 20 entries per category and reservations are first come, first serve. We recommend you register early to reserve the category(ies) you want! You can change your category up to Restaurant Orientation (March 29-31) if there are spaces available in the category you want to change into. If a category is full, stay in your reserved space and take on the challenge!

You can enter up to two categories. Can I enter two different dishes in one category? You may only enter a category once!

Appetizer, Entrée, Soup/Stew, Dessert, Beverage, Vegetarian, and Local Fare.

Booths are judged for Best Presentation from 5:30pm to 5:55pm, however, it is recommended you are prepared well in advance!

Part III: Setting Up & During the Event

No problem! You don’t have to enter a judging category to participate in Taste of St. Croix, many businesses just want to be involved in a fun community event.

Go to the announcer’s balcony in the lobby of Taste, and be prepared to have your photo snapped!

Winners are announced between 8:30-9:00pm.  Listen carefully for your restaurant’s name! If you miss the announcements, check social media!

You will be given your judging time at orientation.

This is your chance to use your own plate, bowl, or special glass for a professional photo. Photography is separate from judging, so bring one extra, full-size portion of your dish to the Photography Table, which will be adjacent to the Judging Area. Be sure to wait and take your dish after it is photographed.

There are 3 judges who sit at every category and they each receive their own sample. You need to prepare three identical samples of the same dish for each category you join.

Taste will provide you with bowls and plates for your samples at Taste Orientation. We will make sure you receive the appropriate dish for your entry.

You must reserve your category when you register for Taste. There is a maximum of 20 entries per category and reservations are first come, first serve. We recommend you register early to reserve the category(ies) you want! You can change your category up to Restaurant Orientation (March 29-31) if there are spaces available in the category you want to change into. If a category is full, stay in your reserved space and take on the challenge!

You can enter up to two categories. Can I enter two different dishes in one category? You may only enter a category once!

Appetizer, Entrée, Soup/Stew, Dessert, Beverage, Vegetarian, and Local Fare.

Booths are judged for Best Presentation from 5:30pm to 5:55pm, however, it is recommended you are prepared well in advance!

Part IV: All About Judging 

No problem! You don’t have to enter a judging category to participate in Taste of St. Croix, many businesses just want to be involved in a fun community event.

Go to the announcer’s balcony in the lobby of Taste, and be prepared to have your photo snapped!

Winners are announced between 8:30-9:00pm.  Listen carefully for your restaurant’s name! If you miss the announcements, check social media!

You will be given your judging time at orientation.

This is your chance to use your own plate, bowl, or special glass for a professional photo. Photography is separate from judging, so bring one extra, full-size portion of your dish to the Photography Table, which will be adjacent to the Judging Area. Be sure to wait and take your dish after it is photographed.

There are 3 judges who sit at every category and they each receive their own sample. You need to prepare three identical samples of the same dish for each category you join.

Taste will provide you with bowls and plates for your samples at Taste Orientation. We will make sure you receive the appropriate dish for your entry.

You must reserve your category when you register for Taste. There is a maximum of 20 entries per category and reservations are first come, first serve. We recommend you register early to reserve the category(ies) you want! You can change your category up to Restaurant Orientation (March 29-31) if there are spaces available in the category you want to change into. If a category is full, stay in your reserved space and take on the challenge!

You can enter up to two categories. Can I enter two different dishes in one category? You may only enter a category once!

Appetizer, Entrée, Soup/Stew, Dessert, Beverage, Vegetarian, and Local Fare.

Booths are judged for Best Presentation from 5:30pm to 5:55pm, however, it is recommended you are prepared well in advance!

Part V: After the Event

No problem! You don’t have to enter a judging category to participate in Taste of St. Croix, many businesses just want to be involved in a fun community event.

Go to the announcer’s balcony in the lobby of Taste, and be prepared to have your photo snapped!

Winners are announced between 8:30-9:00pm.  Listen carefully for your restaurant’s name! If you miss the announcements, check social media!

You will be given your judging time at orientation.

This is your chance to use your own plate, bowl, or special glass for a professional photo. Photography is separate from judging, so bring one extra, full-size portion of your dish to the Photography Table, which will be adjacent to the Judging Area. Be sure to wait and take your dish after it is photographed.

There are 3 judges who sit at every category and they each receive their own sample. You need to prepare three identical samples of the same dish for each category you join.

Taste will provide you with bowls and plates for your samples at Taste Orientation. We will make sure you receive the appropriate dish for your entry.

You must reserve your category when you register for Taste. There is a maximum of 20 entries per category and reservations are first come, first serve. We recommend you register early to reserve the category(ies) you want! You can change your category up to Restaurant Orientation (March 29-31) if there are spaces available in the category you want to change into. If a category is full, stay in your reserved space and take on the challenge!

You can enter up to two categories. Can I enter two different dishes in one category? You may only enter a category once!

Appetizer, Entrée, Soup/Stew, Dessert, Beverage, Vegetarian, and Local Fare.

Booths are judged for Best Presentation from 5:30pm to 5:55pm, however, it is recommended you are prepared well in advance!

If you have very special needs, please email us at atasteofstcroix@yahoo.com. And, of course, you can always call us at 340.719.7777 ext. 3!

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