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The 18th Annual International Mango Festival
The 18th Annual International Mango Festival

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When: Saturday, July 10, 2010 - Sunday, July 11, 2010 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Fairchild's 18th Annual International Mango Festival will celebrate The Mangos of India . Visit the festival to shop Curator Choice mango trees and fresh fruit, enjoy mango lectures and smoothies, view the world's largest display of mangos, take part in the world's only mango auction and buy mango merchandise and botanical art. There will also be mango culinary demonstrations, our one of a kind mango brunch, a fantastic International Fruit Market, fun activities for kids and even a bike valet service.

It's all about mangos at Fairchild's International Mango Festival. 

Mango Conferences and Workshops

Saturday, July 10, 2010 (Garden House) 

1:00 p.m.           The Mangos of India,  Madhur Jaffrey, along with 
                            Dr. Richard J. Campbell and 
                            Noris Ledesma,  FTBG                                                  

2:00 p.m.           Research Update: National Mango Board
                            William Watson, National Mango Board 

2:30 p.m.           Grower’s Perspective of Mango Improvement Programs
                            Noris Ledesma, FTBG 

3:00 p.m.           'Alphonso',' Kesar' and the Indian Grower
                            Bhaskar Savani of Savani Farms and Ajit Shirodkar 

3:30 p.m.           Growing Locations and Varieties for Indian Mangos in the 
                            Americas: Recommendations
,  Dr. Richard J. Campbell, FTBG

4:00 p.m.           Summary and Discussion,  Panel of speakers and experts.
                            Moderator: Dr. Jonathan Crane, University of Florida 

Sunday, July 11, 2010  

10:30 a.m .       Grafting Mangos  (Near Cycad Circle),  Erik Teitig,
                            Pine Island Nursery 

11:30 a.m.        Selecting and Growing the Perfect Mango (Near Cycad Circle), 
                           Jeff Wasielewski, FTBG 

1:00 p.m.           Indian Mangos (Mango display tent), 
                            Baskar Savani of Savani Farms and Ajit Shirodkar 

2:00 p.m.           Mango Pruning (Near Cycad Circle),  Erik Teitig,
                            Pine Island Nursery


Cooking Demos

Download Recipes from this year's Festival

Saturday, July 10 

10:00 a.m.      Chef Billo Jolly
                         Green Mango Chutney

11:00 a.m.      Chef David Bracha, River Oyster Bar
                          West Indies Spiced Mahi-Mahi with Mango Chutney

12:00 p.m.      Chef Gail Goetsch, Essensia
                         Mango Blackberry Trifle

1:00 p.m.        Chef John Critchley, Area 31
                         Key West Pink Shrimp Ceviche with Local Mango

2:00 p.m.        Aria Kagan, Food Network Star contestant
                         Fish Tacos with Mango Slaw

3:00 p.m.        Chef Michael Bennett, Bimini Boatyard
                         Mango Red Curry Pork Tenderloin

Sunday, July 11

10:00 a.m.      Brian Collaro, Whole Foods Market
                         Madras Curry Chicken with Mango and Jicama and Mango Salad

11:00 a.m.      Chef Jeff O'Neill, Gibraltar
                          Florida Mango Gazpacho with Rock Shrimp and Coriander

12:00 p.m.      Chef Jay Mariadoss, Indian Palate
                          Indian Mango Dish

1:00 p.m.        Chef Billo Jolly
                         Mango Chutney

2:00 p.m.        Chef Gonzalo Rivera, La Marea
                         Bunuelos, Lime Sugar, Tamarind Coulis and 'Fernandin' Mango


Saturday and Sunday

9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Corbin Building (Limited quantities)
Taste a variety of mangos and discover your new favorite.

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Visitor Center Ballroom
Cooking demonstrations from top chefs will take place on the hour.  Please see schedule above. 

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon, Garden House (Limited quantities)
Samplings from Ben and Jerry's, JoAnna’s Marketplace, Macy's Catering, Mason Girl Cupcakes and Whole Foods.

9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Garden House Lawn
Enjoy famous Fairchild Farm mango smoothies with Indian mango pulp.

Shop our great selection of curator choice mango trees while supplies last. Experts will be on hand to help with your selection.

Our mango experts will be located next to the tree sales this year, and are at hand to help you with any questions you may have about your mango tree. You can also bring a sample of your ailing mango tree in a sealed bag and our mango medics will come to the rescue. Workshops will also be presented here on Sunday.

Your children will enjoy making art, learning to cook, doing yoga and more! 

  • Art
    Kids can create mango-inspired art all weekend, with Art Studio Miami
  • Cooking Demos for Kids
    Chefs Christina Staalstrom and Alicia Toledo will teach kid-friendly cooking lessons!
  • Yoga
    Little Mango Yogis Class: Saturday and Sunday, 12:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. All ages welcome. We’ll do yoga poses, play yoga games and enjoy the fun of yoga with Rina Yoga teachers! Also, join us for a Rina Yoga Mango Parade!
  • Live Theater
    Art Studio Theatre presents The Fallen Mango, a play for children that is set in India. Sunday at 11:00 in the Chickee Hut.

View the greatest display of mangos ever assembled inside the Garden House and in the Mangos of India Tent on the Garden House Lawn. 

Our fruit market is filled with mangos from the Fairchild world collection: India, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Haiti and more.

9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Garden House Lawn
All things mango can be found in our marketplace! From mango honey and mango soaps to Chef Allen’s mango sauces, ketchup and salsas we have it all. Don’t miss Crackerman Crackers’ delicious mango lentil dip on homemade crackers, mango chutney, jams and jellies, mango teas, spices and more. 

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
by Whole Foods Market and  St. John Brewers

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Classical instrumental Indian music by Rajesh Ramoutar (sitar) and Rajesh Bhandari (tabla).

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Trio Five (305), Grammy nominated guitar and tres player Jose Elias will play original compositions that showcase a global array of genres. 

Green Mobility Network will be here Saturday and Sunday offering their unique bike valet service at the South Gate. Bike and $5! Ride your bike to the Mango Festival and receive $5 off the admission price for adults and $2 for children. It's our way of thanking you for contributing to conservation.

Go Mangos with Rina Yoga! This will take place in the Alleé on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30p.m. and 1:30 p.m. The class is for all levels and will strengthen and stretch the body and mind for overall wellbeing.  

Sunday Only

MANGO BRUNCH - reservations required
11:00 a.m., Garden House
The culinary event of the summer! Our Mango Brunch features six of South Florida’s top chefs preparing their favorite mango dish just for you. Staring off with our famous mango bellini and a special mango tasting, this event will have mango lovers on cloud nine. For more information, call 305.663.8058. Purchase tickets online.

12:30 p.m.        Chutney entries must be received at the Visitor Center Ballroom
1:00 p.m.          Cooking Demonstration by Chef Billo Jolly
1:30 p.m.          Judging begins
2:15 p.m.          Winners announced

Download a entry form

2:30 p.m., Garden House
You won’t want to miss this exciting and colorful dance, performed by Geeta and company.  And then stay seated for the action packed mango auction! Bid on one of the rare varieties of mangos from the Mangos of the World Display and you may be able to win your own plate of irresistible ‘Julie’ or ‘Alphonso’ mangos.  Our dancers will be the models as the prices rise and the drama unfolds.  Who will go home with the best mangos?

Admission: Free to Fairchild members and children 5 and under. Non-members: $20 for adults, $15 for seniors 65 and up and $10 for children 6-17. If you ride your bike to the Festival and use the bike valet, admission is $15 for adults and $8 for children.

View information on this year's Curator Choice Mango Trees.

Read new information on mango tree care.

Download the full program.

Download the 2010 Mango Poster.

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