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Lovango Resort & Beach Club is Holding Inaugural Food Festival This Week

The dock at Lovango Resort + Beach Club

The Lovango Resort + Beach Club is holding an amazing culinary event this week, and you’re all invited to attend.

Taste of Lovango is a three-day food festival that will feature a delicious assortment of culinary pop-up experiences, including exclusive meals curated by world-renowned chefs, creative cocktails from local partners, and a fun schedule of daytime and nighttime activities. Taste of Lovango is being held from Tuesday, May 2 through Thursday, May 4.

“The goal is to have something fun for the community to look forward to,” Matt Snider, Lovango’s director of operations, told me recently. “We really wanted to have a fun culinary event and to make it special.”

Tuesday, May 2nd

The three-day event kicks off Tuesday when the Beach Club opens at 10 a.m. The regular Beach Club menu will be served this week, along with a special daily item prepared by a guest chef including Tiffani Faison of Top Chef, Sam Choy and Adrienne Calvo.

The nighttime event kicks off at 6 p.m. with the Mutiny Island Vodka Opening Party. The cost is $150 per person. That includes roundtrip ferry transportation, dinner and a special curated cocktail menu. Check out the party’s official description:

Come celebrate with us at a delightful cocktail reception, hosted by our esteemed friend and partner, Todd Manley, who is the proud owner of Mutiny Island Vodka and is the exclusive distiller of our very own Little Gem Spirits. Both are distilled from the breadfruit tree on the stunning island of St. Croix, making for a truly unique and remarkable cocktail experience.

Savor the flavors of the Caribbean and the US Virgin Islands through a mouth-watering selection of passed hors d’oeuvres, small plates, homemade charcuterie, cheese boards, and a tantalizing raw bar.

End the evening with an array of handcrafted ice cream and desserts, all carefully made using the freshest locally sourced ingredients. It’s an epicurean adventure not to be missed.

Click here to view the event’s menu.

Wednesday, May 3rd

The Beach Club will feature another chef’s special on Wednesday, as well as a Lulee and Golden Hour pop-up shopping event from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. There is a signature dinner happening at night that features wine pairings provided by Island Hope Wines, however, that event is sold out.

Tickets are available for the Beach Club on Wednesday. I have spent several days at the Beach Club over the years, and I have always had a wonderful time. (Click here to read a previous Explore STJ post about Lovango’s Beach Club.)

The pool at Lovango’s Beach Club

Thursday, May 4th

The food festival continues Thursday with the Beach Club and pop-up shopping event. The event culminates on Thursday night with a dinner that will support Friends of Virgin Islands National Park.

Relax and unwind in the picturesque waterfront beach club, bathed in the warm and inviting glow of twinkling lights. Delight in the exceptional appetizers and light bites, meticulously crafted by our talented chefs, while indulging in signature cocktails that feature the unique flavors of breadfruit spirits distilled by Mutiny Island Vodka, hailing from our sister island of St. Croix. Alternatively, savor carefully curated wines and locally crafted beer, expertly paired to enhance each dish. As the evening progresses, partake in a family-style dinner and intimate gathering with our esteemed guest chefs, who will showcase their skills with lively, interactive chef stations. Be amazed as they expertly use fire, smoke, and precision techniques to create delectable island-inspired flavors and stunning presentations. Finish off the night with delectable homemade desserts and libations, soaking in the enchanting ambiance of the Caribbean.

Brian Arruda is the Founder & CEO of premier chef-placement agency Executive Chefs at Home. Prior to this, he traveled the country working for acclaimed chefs including José Andrés, Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud, working his way from prep cook to Executive Chef.

James Beard Rising Star semifinalist Robbie Felice is the co-founder and chef-partner of the exclusive pop-up pastaRAMEN, as well as Viaggio Ristorante and Osteria Crescendo in New Jersey.

Chef Belie’s culinary approach is rooted in using the freshest regional ingredients, as well as teaching and mentoring staff on the consistent production of high-quality food. Prior to joining Lovango as food & beverage director and executive chef, he has been executive chef at Noble House’s Little Palm Island Resort & Spa and Gateway Canyons Resort.

Click here to view the event’s menu.

Interested in learning more about Taste of Lovango? Perhaps you’re looking to buy a ticket to one of these great dinners or the Beach Club? Please visit to learn more.

The Lovango Resort + Beach Club will close for the season on July 20th. They plan to reopen in mid-December. For more information, please visit

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