Mango lovers will go bananas at this festival (because it’s all about mangoes, obviously)

This #MangoWeek we’ve learned a lot about mangoes, right class? 

We’ve investigated Miami’s mangocentric products and sampled them live, for journalism. We have discussed the finer points of wild mango cultivation. We have learned the story of Miami’s oldest mango tree, the ancestor to many of the mangoes that we nosh on today.

We have even offered a counter point from the strange folks who, for some bizarre reason, hate mangoes

Now it is time to level up our mango love by visiting Miami’s premiere mango festival at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Here’s what they have planned for mango fans this weekend. 

Mango Taste Tests

  • The  Mango Taste Test and Flavor Evaluations take place Saturday and Sunday in Corbin Classroom A. For just $2 per person, you can taste some damn good mangoes, ripened to perfection and freshly cut. Tasters will help determine which mango wins top marks at this year’s festival.
  • Become a true mango taster as you sample a flight of mangoes with mango expert and Curator of Tropical Fruit, Dr. Noris Ledsma. The mangoes will be paired with specialty drinks, presented by Shaw-Ross mixologist, Julio Cabrera, and cheese, sure to complement your palate. 2 p.m. Saturday at the Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan Arts Center; Fairchild Members: $40, Nonmembers: $50

Concrete Beach Brewery Beer Garden

Celebrate the summer season with the world premiere of Concrete Beach Brewery’s newest beer – the Mango Gose. This German style wheat ale made with mango will be sampled for the first time along with other favorites from the brewery. Sit down and relax at the beer garden and play some of your favorite lawn games.

Vendors

Stock up on arts & crafts, locally-made goods and other fun festival favorites at Mangoville by the Garden House Lawn & South Florida Butterfly Garden.

KidWay!

Dr. David Fairchild explored the world in search of tasty tropical fruits and along his journeys, he found the mango. At the KidWay, little ones can learn about mangoes and other fruits brought over by Fairchild through hands-on interactive activities. Face painting, arts and much more.

Mango Lectures and Workshops

Science Village Classroom (Saturday)

11:00 a.m. – Wild Mangos of South FloridaDr. Noris Ledesma, FTBG
12:00 p.m. – Current Status of Mangos in Florida, Dr. Jonathan H. Crane, University of Florida, IFAS
1:00 p.m. – Growing Mangos in Latin America, Dr. Odilo Duarte, Peru
2:00 p.m. – Organic Mango Production, Dr. Steven Green, University of Miami
3:00 p.m. – Growing Mangifera Species in Naples, Dr. Steve Brandy, Naples Botanical Garden, USDA

Mango Lectures and Workshops, Science Village (Sunday)

11:00 a.m. – Proper Planting and Care for Young Mango Trees, Jeff Wasielewski, UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade County
12:00 p.m. – Pest and Disease Management in Mango, Adrian Hunsberger, UF/IFAS Extension
1:00 p.m. – What it Takes a Mango to Arrive in South Florida to the USA, Dr. Odilo Duarte, USDA
2:00 p.m. – Training and Pruning a Mango TreeDr. Noris Ledesma, FTBG
3:00 p.m. – Grafting Mangos, Fritz Barberousse

Cooking Demos

Learn how to cook using mangoes and other tropical treats at the Cooking Demonstrations taking place at the Cycad Vista Tent. Saturday schedule features Chef Tracy Knight, Skinny South (11 a.m.), Chef Ayesah D’Mello, Ayesha’s Kitchen (noon) and Chef Jackie Gadala, Superfuzion (1 p.m.). Sunday Chef Ayesah returns at 1 p.m.

Mango Brunch

Fairchild’s 18th Annual Mango Brunch does double duty as a tasty tribute to the most delicious of tropical fruits and a fundraiser for Fairchild Gardens and its mission of conservation and preservation. Some of South Florida’s greatest chefs prepare their best mango dishes for you, like James Beard Award Winning and Miami Mango Gang vet Chef Mark Militello, who will be serving up a dish he calls Mangomisu – mango vanilla bean marscapone cream with coconut and dark rum soaked ladyfingers and caramelized mango. You should be drooling right about now.  Mango Brunch takes place at 11 a.m. Sunday. Tickets here.

World Famous Mango Auction

This is for the true mango masters – an opportunity to get your hands on some of the world’s most coveted mango trees that takes place at 2 p.m. Sunday.

IF YOU GO:

What: International Mango Festival

When 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Where: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables

Cost: $25, $18 seniors, $12 kids 6-17, free 5 and under.

Info 305-667-1651 or www.fairchildgarden.org