Festivals on Nevis and St. Kitts
Concierge.com's insider take:
St. Kitts hosts a music festival every June, which draws a wide array of international headliners (Chaka Khan, Maxi Priest, and Michael Bolton have all performed here) as well as Caribbean icons such as Burning Spear. The island throws its annual Carnival party over Christmas and New Year's (www.stkittscarnival.com). In late July, Nevis's blowout event, Culturama, celebrates the emancipation of the slaves in the 1830s with a week of street fairs, beauty contests, and live-music "jump-ups" (www.nevisculturama.net). A new annual October event is the Nevis International Culinary Heritage Exposition, or NICHE, where top Caribbean chefs offer demos, dinners, and seminars, and the wine flows liberally (www.nevis-niche.com).