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The International Mango Festival: Colombian Mango Tastings and Star Chefs' Brunch

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Photo by Jackie Sayet
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.

See also: Six Mango Dishes to Try in Miami: Sushi, Foie Gras, and Hedy Goldsmith Dessert

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.

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Photo by Jackie Sayet
All mangoes foreign and domestic are welcome.
Mangoes of the World
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.

Location Info

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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL

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47 comments
Juan Carlos
Juan Carlos

Colombian?? Every mango farm in Miami is Cuban owned. The only thing they bring to the table is cocaine and coffee.

Elena Ginori
Elena Ginori

I'll be working it Sunday. Come visit, Marc. Call me.

Lucha Ramirez
Lucha Ramirez

Your dad and I, we are going, he took the day off just for me!!! How sweet is that?? Love for mangos?? Ha ha ha

Jarrod Gillen
Jarrod Gillen

Sunday at 2pm? Ummmm World Cup....starts at 3pm.

Asanyah Davidson
Asanyah Davidson

Hahahaa.. McFadden you are the second person to tag me on this..lol

Nick Ang
Nick Ang

Amanda Brown mmm m-ang-os

Christie Acosta Mora
Christie Acosta Mora

Vanessa Rosario Paula Anderson clearly you girls are paying for my therapy, right??? Lol!!! NOT GOING!!!!!! (I've been before, before I had mango trees, and it's nice, but too damn hot!)

Vanessa Rosario
Vanessa Rosario

Lmao...poor girl is gonna have mango nightmares! Paula Anderson

Paula Anderson
Paula Anderson

Lol Vanessa Rosario I just sent this link to Christie Acosta Mora too! I thought of her too!

Massiel Garcia
Massiel Garcia

I'm sure you'll be there Regina Roig-Romero. Let us know which is your favorite. Enjoy! :)

Vanessa Rosario
Vanessa Rosario

You going Christie ?? Lmao Of course I thought of you as soon as I saw this ;)

kcin10003
kcin10003

I like mangoes as much as the next guy...but $25.00 seems kind of steep to partake in what is basically a mango tasting. Once there you can buy overpriced food or buy a small mango tree that is also extremely expensive compared to what you can get online...yes, you can buy live trees, almost any tree online and have it shipped to  your house. 


Would like to go, but $25.00 for 2 people to taste some exotic mangoes...doesn't seem right....They want to attract more people....make it reasonable.

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