St. Croix Activity Series: Slow Down for Dinner at Ridge to Reef Farm

Photo Credit: Ridge to Reef Farm

Photo Credit: Ridge to Reef Farm

Ridge to Reef (R2R) is a sustainable farm on the west end of St. Croix in the rain forest. Once a month they offer slow down dinners, which are a unique island experience.

Each course is made from fresh ingredients grown on the farm and expertly put together by a guest chef (which rotates from month-to-month).  The dinners are six to eight courses, which are served over several hours by people who work or volunteer at the farm.  While some dishes are vegetarian, protein is provided by on-island partners like Annaly Farms.  As each course comes out, someone from the farm tells you what produce went into the dish and what makes it special.  A great learning opportunity to add new dishes to your home menu.

There is no set price for the meal.  Patrons simply leave what they believe is a fair donation as if they had the same cuisine and service in a restaurant.  The dinners are BYOB, in true St. Croix fashion.  You dine around a log cabin of sorts, surrounded by the forest foliage.  The sky is colored beautifully by the sunset around dinner time.

As the name suggests, these dinners move intentionally slow.  The good people at R2R want you to savor every bite and enjoy the company.  Trust that you’ll need the extra time to find room for more courses of delicious cuisine!

If you drive yourself to the farm, ensure you have good directions beforehand (available on the farm’s website).  Also be cautious driving afterward in the dark on the unpaved road between the farm and Mahogany Road (main road through the rain forest), particularly after heavy rains.

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