If you’re looking for galley inspiration, then cruise down to the Leeward Islands for the Nevis Mango and Food Festival. Held July 5-8 in Charleston, Nevis’s capital, the event features a lip-smacking extravaganza of islandwide dine-arounds, cooking classes, and beach barbecues.
Celebrity chefs attending the Nevis Mango and Food Festival include Seamus Mullens, a New York City restaurateur and finalist on the Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef, who will lead a two-hour cooking class on the bayfront July 5th.
Another is Judy Joo, a UK Iron Chef, host of the Cooking Channel’s Korean Cooking Made Simple and frequent guest judge on Food Network shows such as Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay. Joo joins chefs at the Four Seasons Resort on July 7th to deliver a menu of mango-based dishes and drinks on the resort’s newly expanded pier.
The Four Seasons as well as Montpelier Plantation & Beach, Hermitage Inn, Golden Rock Inn, Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Mount Nevis Resort, and Oualie Beach Resort offer special packages for the festival if you’d like to spend a couple of nights ashore.
There are no marinas in Nevis, but the Nevis Port Authority has mooring buoys, and there are two anchorages north of Charleston off Pinney’s Beach and the northwest corner off Oualie Beach. Nearby St. Kitt’s is home to the Marina at Christophe Harbour. A 15-minute car ferry ride connects the two islands.
By Carol Bareuther, Southern Boating July 2018
Photo courtesy of Nevis Tourism Society
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