On July 3, the Annual Taste of St. Maarten food festival and community event brought the entire island together to celebrate the amazing variety and quality of St. Maarten cuisine, proving why the small island is known as “the culinary capital of the Caribbean.” Executive chef at Divi Little Bay Beach Resort Iwan Hokahin and his culinary team offered samples from the pureocean St. Maarten menu to the crowd. Tourists and locals alike enjoyed pureocean’s chicken roti with pickled cucumbers, polenta with stewed saltfish and fire-roasted peppers, seafood cazuela with shellfish and coconut milk, and oxtail rendang with jasmine rice and sweet plaintains.
Joan Samson, sales manager for Divi Little Bay, made sure Divi was a part of the event, which also featured live music, entertainment, and fun outdoor family activities. “We loved introducing pureocean to new people!” she says. “They got to taste Chef Iwan’s amazing cuisine right there and then. We look forward to welcoming both island tourists and locals to pureocean’s buffet breakfast, Sunday brunch, and dinner—and, of course, participating again next year!”