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Monday, July 01, 2013

All things Mango at Fairchild Tropical Gardens

Did you know Mexico has both rainy and dry seasons that make for a great mango growing climate? Or that Mexico is the dominant supplier of mangos to the U.S. and a main supplier to markets worldwide? Learn this and more at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's 21st Annual International Mango Festival on Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14 from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. 

Enjoy two full days of fun, food and education in celebration of the juicy and delicious tropical fruit that makes for nutritious and refreshing summer dishes. Whether you're participating in the world's only mango auction, voting on your favorite variety at the Mango Tasting Room or sampling delicious mango dishes, there's something for the whole family to do.

The Garden House will be overflowing with mangos at the Mangos of the World Display, where you can see the different shapes, sizes and colors of the hundreds of cultivars presented. On Saturday, Miami's top chefs are dishing out samples of their unique mango eats. On Sunday, guests can participate in the world's only mango auction led by Dr. Richard Campbell, Fairchild's senior curator of tropical fruit. For $1, you can enter the Mango Tasting Room and vote on which freshly cut cultivar tastes best. Vendors and food trucks will also have plenty of mango dishes and products up for purchase. 

For those in need of some relaxation, Rina Yoga will have an outdoor yoga class for adults at 11:00 am and kids at 1:00 pm on Sunday.

Screenings of the documentary "Viva Mango," which explores the mango world and those involved in it will show in the Glasshouse Café throughout the festival. It will inspire you purchase a mango tree at the Curator's Choice mango tree sale, where you can select from the best mango trees, carefully curated by Fairchild's experts. You can also attend lectures and workshops to learn how to make your new mango tree thrive. Watch the chef demos led by culinary experts from restaurants like Khong River House to take notes on the best ways to serve up delicious dishes for when your mango trees are in bloom. Have questions about caring for your plants? Fairchild staff will be on hand to give  answers at the Mango Medic area.

There is so much more going on, it's really a full weekend for mango lovers. There's a Mango Summit and a Mango Brunch with local chefs for additional fees.

Admission is free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under, $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up and $12 for children 6-17. Eco discounts are available for anyone who walks, bikes or takes public  transportation to the festival. 

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156.

For more info, please call 305-667-1651 or visit the International Mango 
Festival website at: www.fairchildgarden.org/events/Mango-Festival

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