Big things often come in small packages – this is a saying that rings very true when it comes to the tiny Caribbean islands of St Kitts and Nevis. With an air of exclusivity that is simply irresistible to some, it is also important to not mistake this island as stuffy or a party pooper. It may have high stakes in the luxury scene, but St Kitts and Nevis are not strangers to a party or two, and there is plenty going on to keep visitors of all interests perfectly happy. Get the low-down on the large-scale events happening on this tiny island in 2016...
A Big Place in History
Nevis was the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton, who grew up to be one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, and drafted the US Constitution. Born into a poor family, he moved to New Jersey at the age of fifteen, was a big supporter of emancipation during the Revolutionary War and became the first Secretary of the Treasury – all this from the smallest sovereign state in the Americas!
In celebration of this prestigious connection, the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society holds an annual Tea Party (9th January 2016) at Alexander Hamilton’s old home in honour of his birthday, with all proceeds going toward the Alexander Hamilton Scholarship Fund, which helps to provide low-income students with the opportunity to go to university.
A Sporting Chance
There are plenty of sporting events to get involved in at St Kitts and Nevis next year, as competitors from a range of sports come to together in hopes to be hailed as champions. The Admiral Cup Pro Am Golf Tournament (7th February 2016), held at the Royal St Kitts Golf Club, is a five-day team tournament in which a PGA Club Professional teams up with three amateur golfers, forming teams from across the US, Canada and the Caribbean.
The Nevis to St Kitts Open Water Swim (March 27th 2016) could be just the thing for competitive swimmers, as this race across the two-mile channel separating the isles is open to all who fancy their chances. Anyone who breaks the current record time could win a cash prize, though everyone who enters gets a medal and a breakfast party at the finish line. There is also a kite flying contest (25th – 26th March 2016), an Easter Monday drag racing face off at St James Raceway (28th March 2016) and a fun, three day long Booby Island Regatta & Sailing Festival (1st May 2016).
The food of St Kitts and Nevis is fantastically fresh, and chefs on the island are keen to use as much local produce as possible. For over twenty years, an Agriculture Open Day (17th March 2016) has been held, as a way to encourage and support the farmers and fishermen who provide home-grown fruit, vegetables and seafood. Those visiting Nevis during this time can stop by and see the best crop offerings and colourful artisan craft stalls.
Hear the Blues
We didn’t need proof that St Kitts and Nevis has a lot of soul, though it might surprise some that these little isles are home to some of the most happening Blues festivals of the Caribbean. New for 2015 with next year’s already planned, the Nevis Blues Festival (30th April 2016) is a three-day event held on Oualie Bay with excellent food choices, from a traditional barbecue to international delicacies. The St Kitts Music Festival (23rd June 2016), meanwhile, is celebrating its twentieth birthday next year, with an energetic and diverse number of music acts, including R&B, jazz, reggae and gospel performances, in a relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere.