Dozens of Flavorful Ingredients, One Delicious Week: Jade Mountain St. Lucia Hosts Annual Spices of the Caribbean Festival
Beloved annual event offers walking tours, cooking classes with highly acclaimed chefs, mixology lessons and multi-course meals at Jade Mountain and sister hotel Anse Chastanet
Soufriere, St. Lucia, September, 2016 … To truly connect to St. Lucia’s sense of place, visiting the beach isn’t enough: You’ve got to dig in and taste the island’s bold, diverse flavors. That’s why Jade Mountain is hosting its annual Spices of the Caribbean Festival, a celebration of the flavorful ingredients—think curry, cocoa, cinnamon and chili peppers—that help define the island’s eclectic cuisine. The weeklong festival, which runs October 12-18 and takes place at both Jade Mountain and its adjacent sister property, Anse Chastanet, is an exciting culinary journey designed to perk up the palate and introduce guests to the melting pot that is St. Lucian food, with its Caribbean, Indian, European and Asian influences.
Food lovers will have the chance to harvest produce and spices on the resort’s Emerald Estate Organic Farm, take cooking and mixology classes and, naturally, savor some elaborate meals with wine pairings, prepared by James Beard chef Allen Susser and his talented team.
Here’s a sampling of the festival’s superstar ingredients:
SPICES Curry powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice are just a few of the piquant ingredients that distinguish St. Lucian cuisine and reflect the island’s East Indian influences. During the course of the week, guests will enjoy a wide variety of spices in cocktails like the mango-infused Coco Doo, served during a Mixology Class; spiced hamburgers showcased at the beachside Burger Bash cooking contest; curries prepared at Anse Chastanet’s Aspara Restaurant; and several multi-course dinners hosted at Jade Mountain Club, known for its glimmering infinity pool and views of the twin Piton peaks.
TROPICAL FRUIT & CHOCOLATE Visitors will have the chance to tour the grounds of the lush, rain-forested Anse Mamin, a former sugar plantation open to hotel guests, where hiking trails and bike paths wind past mango, coconut and guava trees. Anse Mamin’s cocoa plants are also harvested to make Jade Mountain’s boutique, bean-to-bar Emerald Estate Organic Chocolate. To further educate visitors and encourage them to appreciate the many nuances of this sweet treat, Chef Susser will also a separate Chocolate & Spice Sensory Tasting, which will include the chance to taste both cocoa beans and several of the resort’s single-estate chocolate bars.
CHILI PEPPERS Executive Chef Stefan Goehcke will lead the Hot Sauce Cooking Class, demonstrating how he makes the resort’s signature blends using local pepper varieties such as Seasoning Pepper, Habanero, Scotch Bonnets, and Cayenne, all sourced from the Emerald Estate Farm.
COFFEE Those who’d rather not leave their gorgeous infinity pool suite can pre-order the Sunday morning Spice and Romance Breakfast in Bed, featuring java brewed from locally grown beans, as well as an assortment of breads, cheeses and breakfast dishes.
For more information, call 800-223-1108 or go to: http://www.jademountain.com/cuisine/culinary_events.html
ABOUT JADE MOUNTAIN RESORT Rising majestically above a private 600-acre estate with 2 beaches, JADE MOUNTAIN is an architectural marvel celebrating St. Lucia’s stunning scenic beauty. The 29 open-walled sanctuaries are grand sweeping spaces, with 24 of them each featuring an extravagantly sized private infinity pool floating out into nature and to amazing views. The resort recently earned a spot on American Express Travel’s list of the top 25 hotels offering a “Best in Class” customer experience, winning the award for “Most Breathtaking Views.”
For reservations call 1- 800-223-1108 or contact JADE MOUNTAIN at Tel 758-459-4000, Fax 758-459-4002,
For press information, contact: Martha Morano, Morano Public Relations, 212-860-5566, Martha@moranopr.com
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