The International Mango Festival: Colombian Mango Tastings and Star Chefs' Brunch
Moist, marvelous mangoes. If the mere mention of them makes your mouth swoon, then get ready for this weekend when the 22nd annual International Mango Festival graces our palates. The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden event will be held Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13, because one day of mango worship is just not enough. Among the yoga, shopping, lectures, and activities for the kids, there's tons of mango to try.
Photo by Jackie Sayet
Mango Tasting Room
For only $25 (free for members and kids under 5), you can partake in an all-day mango sugar high. Begin in the Mango Tasting Room to sample a diverse plethora of fresh mangoes for only $1 and then vote for your favorite. There are two key differences with 2014's festival: This year Fairchild will highlight the mangoes of Colombia, with both Azucar (super sweet) and Vallenato (red and sometimes spicy) mangoes on hand, among many others. This year also produced a bountiful crop, so there will be a massive amount of mangoes to gorge on unlike last year's weak harvest. After you decide which mangoes are your most coveted, you can buy a handful of them at the Mangoville marketplace, where you can also purchase your own mango trees to plant at home.
Mangoes of the World
Photo by Jackie Sayet All mangoes foreign and domestic are welcome.
One of the festival highlights is the Mangoes of the World Display, which is the largest mango collection in the world. On Sunday at 2 p.m., these mangoes will be sold off at the Mango Auction. It will be a standing room only crowd lead by Dr. Richard J. Campbell that bids on the hundreds of mangoes from across the globe -- try not to scratch your nose too deliberately or you may have just bid on a very rare and expensive fruit.