CHARLOTTE AMALIE- St. Thomas Food Tours launched their new “Taphus Spirits & Bites Tour,” a two-plus hour stroll through downtown Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands’ most interesting drinking establishments while learning about the captivating story of rum on the islands, which includes tales of pirates, sugar cane plantations, and drinking on St. Thomas in the early 1700s.
“Taphus” the original Danish name for Charlotte Amalie, roughly translates to “Tap House” from the wildest times in St. Thomas’s history.
Tour guests taste interesting adult beverages such as locally distilled Arc vodka and Bones Rum, along with world famous Cruzan Rum, Pain Killers, Bushwhackers and make-their-own rum punch.
Along with visits to downtown eateries to try local street food like pates, the Virgin Islands cousin to empanadas that is seasoned meat or fish in pastry which is then fried to perfection and sweet fried plantain.
Tours begin at 1 pm and cost just 59.99 a person for all the food, liquor and fun.
St. Thomas Food Tours also welcomes guests on their Historic Main Street Food tour where guests sample local fare, including tropical iced tea, scrumptious rum cake, conch fritters, ripe plantain, curry chicken and rice and peas.
Local owner Aslin Sauer says her goal is to highlight the island’s history and culture beyond water activities, which guests tend to gravitate to when they come to St. Thomas. “St. Thomas is finally receiving recognition for its delicious and unique cuisine and rich history.”
Call 340-642-1995 or visit the website www.stthomasfoodtours.com to book a tour for as many as 12.