Celebrate The Mangos of Fairchild at This Weekend's International Mango Festival at Fairchild’s

Monday, July 6, 2009

Celebrate The Mangos of Fairchild at This Weekend’s

International Mango Festival at Fairchild

 Coral Gables, FL, July 7, 2009—Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will hold its 17th annual Mango Festival this year celebrating The Mangos of Fairchild. Just in time for the mango harvest, the Festival will take place Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Festival will feature everything for the mango lover—mango tree sales, mango tastings, displays of more than 200 mangos from Fairchild nurseries, a children’s program that includes a mango puppet show, mango theater, cooking demonstrations and a spectacular mango brunch on Sunday. Take a look at the wonderful schedule of events for the weekend and make your plans to join in on the mango mania at Fairchild!

 Saturday, July 11

9:30- 2:00, Garden House

  • Mangos of the World Display-the incredible display of over 200 varieties of mangos.
  • Mango Cuisine Sampling- from JoAnna‘s Marketplace Mango Cream puffs to Kenny‘s frozen mango pie, you can sample the best of mango cuisine.

9:30-12:00, Corbin Bulding

  • Mango Tastings and Evaluations: Help us select the best mangos.  Our curators select 10 of the finest mangos, ripened to perfection and cut fresh that morning.  You pick your top 3. $1.

All day, Garden House Lawn

  • Mangoville- Vendors selling mango art, gifts and food.
    Food court- Everything from jerk chicken, conch fritters with mango sauce, mango ice cream, mango crepes and mango wine.

All day, Cycad Circle

  • Mango medics- bring a sample of your ailing mango tree in a sealed plastic bag and our mango medics will come to the rescue.  Get advice on which tree to buy.
  • Mango tree sales.
  • Mango music- Sit back and enjoy our favorites bands as you sip one of our amazing ice cold mango smoothies.

All day, Bank of America Learning Garden

  • Mango Kids- Decorate a mango leaf fan, taste different mango varieties and create mango art.

All day, Shehan Visitor Center

  • Mango Culinary Demonstrations- Observe local chefs in action and take home some great recipes, from Billo Jolly‘s terrific green mango chutney to Asian specialities from Chef Johnson of Lan Pan-Asian Cafe.

 Sunday, July 12
 
11:00 am: Garden House- Mango Brunch
3:00 pm: Garden House- Mango Auction- Enjoy the excitement of the only mango auction in the world while bidding on your favorite mangos.
 
All day, Garden House Lawn

  • Mangoville- Vendors selling mango art, gifts and food.
  • Food court- Everything from jerk chicken, conch fritters with mango sauce, mango ice cream, mango crepes and mango wine.

All day, Cycad circle

  • Mango medics- bring a sample of your ailing mango tree in a sealed plastic bag and our mango medics will come to the rescue.  Get advice on which tree to buy.
  • Mango tree sales.
  • Mango music- Sit back and enjoy our favorites bands as you sip one of our amazing ice cold mango smoothies.

All day, Bank of America Learning Garden

  • Mango Kids- Decorate a mango leaf fan, taste different mango varieties and create mango art.

 All day, Shehan Visitor Center

  • Mango Culinary Demonstrations- Observe local chefs in action and take home some great recipes, from Billo Jolly‘s terrific green mango chutney to Asian specialities from Chef Johnson of Lan Pan-Asian Cafe.

About Fairchild

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. It is one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation. Currently Fairchild has field programs in over 20 countries including support to protected areas in Madagascar and Africa and botanic garden development and renovation projects in South and Central America, the Caribbean and Middle East. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden houses the National Palm Collection as recognized by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), has the world’s greatest living collection of palms and cycads; an education program reaching more than 50,000 school children per year; hosts popular events like the International Chocolate Festival, International Mango Festival and International Orchid Festival, the Ramble, concerts, affiliated plant society shows and sales and more; and, is a not-for-profit organization relying on the support of its 40,000 members and benefactors. Fairchild hosts major art events such as Mark di Suvero, Fernando Botero, Dale Chihuly and Kris Martin at Fairchild this year, Botero, Lichtenstein and Chihuly at Fairchild in 2008 and Chihuly at Fairchild in 2005 and 2006. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables (Miami), Florida 33156. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. For more information, please visit us at www.fairchildgarden.org and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fairchild-Tropical-Botanic-Garden/21557931711.