The Nevis Mango & Food Festival 2017 is a weekend of culinary enjoyment celebrating the mango and culinary excellence. It occupies four days of dining experiences, cooking demonstrations and master cook-along classes conducted by international and local celebrity chefs as well as a mango beach celebration on Nevis’ most famous beach. It all climaxes with the Nevisian Chefs Mango Feast, an event highlighting the essence of the festival, culinary creativity and skill, with Mango as the focus.
History: The Nevis Mango & Food Festival started in 2014.
About The Nevis Mango & Food Festival: Produced by the Nevis Tourism Authority: It is a Caribbean food festival which is 100% unique. It happens on the island of Nevis and combines two of Nevis’ key selling points; its exceptional culinary scene and its over 40 varieties of mangos growing on the island. The essence of the festival is a creative challenge presented to all participating chefs. Their brief is that every course of every meal must have Nevis mangos incorporated into them. This presents a unique experience for the diners as everything they eat at the festival will be a new and delicious experience not before experienced and unlikely to be replicated.
Description: The Nevis Mango & Food Festival 2017 is a weekend of culinary enjoyment celebrating the mango and culinary excellence. It occupies four days of dining experiences, cooking demonstrations and master cook-along classes conducted by international and local celebrity chefs as well as a mango beach celebration on Nevis’ most famous beach. It all climaxes with the Nevisian Chefs Mango Feast, an event highlighting the essence of the festival, culinary creativity and skill, with Mango as the focus.
Nevis Mangos: For a small island Nevis has more mangos and varieties of mangos than most would expect. There are over 40 varieties of mangos on Nevis and they are seasonal. Mango season is generally June to August.
Nevis Restaurants: Nevis has no fast-food restaurants! The restaurants on Nevis range from rustic beach bars and authentic village eateries to refined places for more formal dining. They are all excellent.
Celebrity Chefs: Celebrity chefs are invited to participate in the Nevis Mango & Food Festival every year. In 2017 we have two Food Network affiliated chefs, Chef Judy Joo and Chef Seamus Mullen. Chef Judy Joo has been an Iron Chef with the Food Network in the UK and has appeared as a judge on shows on the US Food Network. Chef Seamus was one of three finalists on the Food Network show “The Next Iron Chef” and is featured as a judge on shows like Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay.
Nevis Local Chefs: An important part of why Nevis has one of the top culinary scenes in the Caribbean are the local chefs. The Nevis Mango & Food Festival highlights local culinary talent at the Nevisian Chef’s Mango Feast event. They are all from top rated restaurants on Nevis and face the same creative culinary challenge to incorporate Nevis mangos in all they cook.
Charitable Cause: The future of Nevis’s food scene is important so culinary local students are chosen as interns to work along with the professional chefs. This is both to present them an extraordinary opportunity to gain valuable experience, and to help them earn a scholarship to help them to complete their studies.
As a Korean-American French-trained chef based in London, Judy Joo’s culinary expertise spans the globe. As one of four UK Iron Chefs and an international restaurateur, Judy draws from her unique personal and professional experiences, melding tastes from Asia, America and Europe in her recipes. As the host of Cooking Channel’s ‘Korean Food Made Simple’, Judy is a culinary ambassador for Korean cuisine who brings the robust flavors of her native country into home kitchens each week. In May 2016, she will publish her first cookbook, Korean Food Made Simple (Houghton Mifflin), which demystifies Korean food, makes it more accessible to the home cook, and provides simple and creative ways to infuse Korean flavors into favorite Western dishes.
Seamus Mullen is an award-winning New York chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and health and wellness expert. He opened his first solo restaurant Tertulia in Manhattan in 2011, which garnered two stars from The New York Times and was a finalist for the prestigious James Beard Foundation Award for Best New Restaurant. In 2013, he opened El Colmado, a Spanish tapas and wine bar at Gotham West Market, a food hall in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen. He was awarded “Chef of the Year” by Time Out New York and has been named a semi-finalist for Best Chef NYC by the James Beard Foundation 3 years in a row.