Attention spicy food fans: The folks at the Jade Mountain resort on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia want you to know about a five-day spice fest they're cooking up for guests staying at the resort from Dec. 13 to Dec. 17. Called “Spices of the Caribbean,” the event is billed as “a culinary journey through exotic flavors, smells and tastes promising to take the sensory experiences to yet another level.”
Among highlights of the event will be a spice workshop, spice cooking lessons – including the secrets of jerk cooking -- and a walking and tasting tour of the island's indigenous spices on Jade Mountain's Organic Estate. Dining events will include a spicy breakfast in bed, a “spicy jungle burger bash” and a specially prepared (and very spicy) five-course dinner spectacular featuring locally caught seafood and organic grown produce.
Jade Mountain's guests stay in 29 “sanctuary” suites wrapped around the top of a mountain looking out at two half-mile-high volcanic peaks straight off the travel posters. Owner/architect Nick Troubetzkoy says the resort “blends the sea and the reefs, the foliage and the flowers, the night perfumes and the stunning view of the peaks into a spectacular vacation experience.”