International Mango Festival

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Celebrate the Caribbean at FairchildTropicalBotanic Garden‘s International Mango Festival 2007

 

Coral Gables, FL, June 20, 2007-Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is excited to announce its 15th annual Mango Festival this year celebrating the Mangos the Caribbean. Just in time for the mango harvest, the Festival will take place Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15 from 9:30a.m. to 4:30p.m. The Festival will feature everything for the mango lover-mango tree sales, mango lectures, a mango auction, displays of more than 200 mangos from Fairchild nurseries, a children‘s program that includes a mango puppet show, mango theater, food demonstrations and a spectacular mango brunch. All children dressed in pirate costumes get in free! And don‘t miss out on the Pirates Ball on July 13-it‘s sure to be a swashbuckling good time!

 Here‘s is a list of highlighted events this year:

*schedule subject to change

 Friday, July 13

 Pirates Ball

7:00 to 11:00 p.m., VisitorCenter

Pirate costumes encouraged! Great grub, grog and swashbuckling music. Advanced ticket

prices: Members, $40; Non-members, $55. Tickets at the door: Members, $55; Nonmembers,

$70. Click here to purchase tickets online.

 

 Saturday, July 14

International Mango Festival, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Pirate Contest: Free admission for all children dressed in pirate costumes.

 

 Mango Tree Sales

9:00 a.m. Open to Fairchild Members

9:30 a.m. Open to the public until sold out, Plant Sales Area

Price: $40 each

 Dr. Richard J. Campbell, Senior Curator of Tropical Fruit, has carefully selected mango

cultivars well-suited to our conditions. These cultivars represent a new generation of

mangos with superior horticultural traits. They are small in stature, yet produce top

quality fruit. Trees are approximately 3 ft. in height, growing in a 2 gallon plastic pot. For

your convenience, a tree holding area is available on Saturday, July 14. (Sorry, we cannot

pre-sell, hold or ship trees.)

 

Mangos of the World Cultivar Display

9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Garden House

Experience the largest mango collection in the world! This staggering display of genetic

diversity offers mango in shapes, colors and aromas of every description. Each of these

200-plus cultivars is harvested at its peak from Fairchild‘s collection.

 

Mango Tasting and Evaluations

9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., CorbinBuilding, Classroom A

Admission: $1 per person

For the public tasting evaluations, we select 10 of the finest quality mangos, harvested

from Fairchild‘s collections, ripened to perfection and cut fresh that day. The range of

flavors is extraordinary, and even shocking at times. This is the ultimate proving ground

for a mango.

 

Mango Cuisine Samplings from Regional Chefs

9:30 a.m. until samples are gone, Garden House

Enjoy a myriad of mango delicacies prepared by local chefs and gourmet markets.

 

Veranda Restaurant

10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., VisitorCenter

Enjoy a mango-inspired gourmet lunch served on the veranda overlooking Pandanus

Lake or in the air-conditioned dining room. Reservations at 305.667.1651, ext. 3345;

Saturday and Sunday of event 305.667.1651, ext 3397.

 

Mango Lectures Schedule - Garden House

1:00 p.m. Mangos of the Caribbean

2:00 p.m. Pruning Management

2:30 p.m. Condo Mangos - Ten Years of Growing

3:00 p.m. Pest Control and Mangos

3:30 p.m. Major Diseases of Mango

4:00 p.m. Mango Growing in Japan

4:30 p.m. Questions and Answers

 

 Mango Culinary Demonstrations

1:00 to 4:00 p.m., CorbinBuilding, Classroom A and The Gallery

Schedule - TBD

 

International Fruit Market

9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., next to Cycad Circle

Purchase one-of-a-kind mango cultivars, specialty mango products and mango smoothies

from Fairchild. Proceeds benefit Fairchild‘s Williams Grove Genetic Facility.

 

Mangos for Kids

ButterflyGarden and Chickee Hut

Admission: $1 per child

9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mango face painting

9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Beneficial insects

9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Decorate a mango seed

10:30 to 11:00 a.m. Mango Puppets present "The Incredible, Edible ManGO"

12:00 to 12:30 p.m. Mango Tree Canopy Creation

12: 30 to 1:00 p.m. Cooking with Mangos

1:00 to 1:30 p.m. Mango Puppets

1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Discovering the Caribbean Treasure

 

Mango Medics

All day, Garden House

Bring a sample of your ailing mango tree in a sealed plastic bag, and our mango medics

will come to your rescue. Look for them in mango-colored polo shirts.

 

Mangoville, Garden House Lawn

Vendors selling mango art, gifts and food. Mango music sponsored by Pollo Tropical.

 

Veranda Restaurant

10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., VisitorCenter

Enjoy a mango-inspired gourmet lunch served on the veranda overlooking Pandanus

Lake or in the air-conditioned dining room. Reservations at 305.667.1651, ext. 3345;

Saturday and Sunday of event 305.667.1651, ext 3397.

 

Sunday, July 15

International Mango Festival

9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

Pirate Contest: Free admission for all children dressed in pirate costumes.

 Mango Lectures Schedule - CorbinBuilding, Classroom A

9:30 a.m. Mango Grafting

10:30 a.m. Consumer Trends in Mango

1:00 p.m. Mangos of the Caribbean - The Mango in Haiti

2:00 p.m. The Indian Mango Comes to America

  

Mango Brunch

11:00 a.m., Garden House

Tickets: Members $75; Non-members $100

Feast on the finest in mango-inspired cuisine prepared by world-renowned chefs and

enjoy exclusive samplings of cutting edge cultivars as well as mango lore. To purchase

tickets online click here.

 

Veranda Restaurant

10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., VisitorCenter

Enjoy a mango-inspired gourmet lunch served on the veranda overlooking Pandanus

Lake or in the air-conditioned dining room. Reservations at 305.667.1651, ext. 3345;

Saturday and Sunday of event 305.667.1651, ext 3397.

 

Mango Tree Sales

9:30 a.m. until sold out, Plant Sales Area

Price: $40 each

Dr. Richard J. Campbell, Senior Curator of Tropical Fruit, has carefully selected mango

cultivars well-suited to our conditions. These cultivars represent a new generation of

mangos with superior horticultural traits. They are small in stature, yet produce top

quality fruit. Trees are approximately 3 ft. in height, growing in a 2 gallon plastic pot. For

your convenience, a tree holding area is available on Saturday, July 14. (Sorry, we cannot

pre-sell, hold or ship trees.)

Click here to view the Cultivar‘s Choice selections.

 

International Fruit Market

9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., near Cycad Circle

Purchase one-of-a-kind mango cultivars, specialty mango products and mango smoothies

from Fairchild. Proceeds benefit Fairchild‘s Williams Grove Genetic Facility.

 

Mangoville, Garden House Lawn

Vendors selling mango art, gifts and food. Mango music sponsored by Pollo Tropical.

 

Mango Culinary Demonstrations, The Gallery

Schedule - TBD

 

Mangos for Kids

ButterflyGarden and Chickee Hut

Admission: $1 per child

9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mango face painting

9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Decorate a mango seed

11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mango Puppets present "The Incredible, Edible ManGO"

9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Beneficial insects

2:00 to 2:30 p.m. Mango Puppets

 

Mango Auction

3:00 - 6:00 p.m., Garden House

Dr. Richard J. Campbell, Senior Curator of Tropical Fruit, will host this year‘s Caribbean

Mango Auction. Join Dr. Campbell, the Fairchild Tropical Fruit Program staff and

auctioneer Jimmy Howell, for a journey through the world of mangos. Offer your bid for

the world‘s finest cultivars - each one has a story to tell and desire to fulfill. Enjoy the

excitement of the only mango auction in the world, and take home your own mango

assortment of one-of-a-kind heirloom cultivars.

About the Mango Festival

Fairchild‘s International Mango Festival is in its 14th year and continues to be the summer‘s must-attend event.  It features the world‘s largest display of mango cultivars, over 1,200 mango trees for purchase, fun things for the kids, mango cultivar tastings, a marketplace of mango products, educational lectures, mango-inspired cuisine, entertainment and much more.  The Mango Festival is taking place Saturday and Sunday July 14 and 15 at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156.  For more information, please call 305-667-1651 or visit www.fairchildgarden.org.

 

About Fairchild

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. It is one of the premier research and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in conservation. 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; an education program reaching more than 25,000 school children per year; hosts popular events like the International Mango and Orchid Festivals, the Ramble, concerts, affiliated plant society shows and sales and more; and, is a not-for-profit organization relying on the support of its 30,000 members and benefactors. 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 www.fairchildgarden.org.

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