In its 18th year running, the International Mango Festival is one of South Florida’s juiciest summer events. This time around the program will focus on the mangos of India. The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables) will be hosting the event, offering a large natural environment to spend the weekend.
Just in time for the mango harvest, the festival will hold mango tree sales and auctions for the experienced or amateur mango grower. But it’s not just catered to ambitious plant-lovers. Mango eaters will have just as much to do – from mango tasting to mango-inspired cooking demonstrations. This year’s children’s program will also include a mango theater and puppet show, as well as a mango-chutney cook-off and a brunch on Sunday.
Encouraging sustainability efforts and environmentally friendly lifestyles, Fairchild will offer its first ever Bike Valet at the International Mango Festival this year. The Bike Valet works just like any other valet, but with an added perk: $5 off admission for adults and $2 off for children. The general admission prices are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors 65 and up, and $10 for children ages 6-17. Admission is free to Fairchild members and children under 5 years.
Mango Festival Highlights
Saturday and Sunday
MANGO TASTINGS AND EVALUATIONS
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Corbin Building (Limited quantities)
Taste a variety of mangos and discover your new favorite.
MANGO CULINARY DEMONSTRATIONS
10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Visitor Center Ballroom
Cooking demonstrations from top chefs will take place on the hour. Please see schedule above.
MANGO CUISINE SAMPLINGS FROM REGIONAL CHEFS
9:30 a.m. - noon, Garden House (Limited quantities)
Samplings from Creative Tastes, JoAnna’s Marketplace and Whole Foods
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Garden House Lawn
Enjoy famous Fairchild Farm mango smoothies with Indian mango pulp.
Saturday, July 10
10 a.m. - Chef Billo Jolly, Green Mango Chutney
11 a.m. - Chef David Bracha, River Oyster Bar
Noon - Chef Gail Goetsch, Essensia
2 p.m. - Aria Kagan, Food Network Star contestant
Sunday, July 11
11 a.m. - Chef Jeff O'Neill, Gibraltar
Noon - Chef Jay Mariadoss, Indian Palate
1 p.m. - Chef Madhur Jaffrey, Mango Chutney
2 p.m. - Chef Gonzalo Rivera, La Marea