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The 20th Annual International Mango Festival
The 20th Annual International Mango Festival

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When: Saturday, July 14, 2012 - Sunday, July 15, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

The Mangos of Fairchild: Evolution, Celebrating 20 Years of the Mango 

It began over twenty years ago with an idea―a seed―planted in the fertile ground of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden; a celebration of the mango beneath the shade of the very mango trees collected a century earlier by Dr. David Fairchild. Twenty fruiting seasons have passed, and we continue to celebrate, collect and curate, teach and learn about the mango. 

In the last twenty years, we have introduced the global mango community to new flavorful, fiberless mangos that are horticulturally superior to mangos of the past and fit perfectly into modern production systems and today’s smaller yards. Fairchild’s 20th annual International Mango Festival celebrates twenty years of The Mangos of Fairchild: Evolution.

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 and fun activities for kids.

View the full program.

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

Find out about the International Mango Conference.

Read new information on mango tree care or the blog For the Love of Mangos.

Read about cooking and uses of mango.

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Saturday – July 14 (Garden House) 

1:00 p.m.        The Mangos of Fairchild: Evolution, 
Dr. Richard J. Campbell, FTBG
2:00 p.m.        Wild mangos of Indonesia, Borneo – and South Florida, 
                         Noris Ledesma, FTBG
3:00 p.m.        Mangos of Puerto Rico, Dr. Yair Aron, Martex
3:45 p.m.        Critical Aspects of Mango Growing
                         Dr. Jonathan Crane, Univ. of Florida 

Sunday – July 15 (Mango Demonstration Tent) 

10:30 a.m.      Grafting Mangos, Noris Ledesma, FTBG
11:30 a.m.      Selecting and Growing the Perfect Mango
                         Jeff Wasielewski, FTBG
1:00 p.m.         Mango Pruning, Erik Teitig, Pine Island Nursery
2:00 p.m.         Mango Diseases and Control, Adrian Hundsberger,
                          Univ. of Florida Coop. Ext. Service   

Mango Bites Sampling, Garden House

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Saturday Only 

Stop in as Miami’s top restaurants, caterers and businesses alike to sample their best mango dishes and products. Mango bites will include: delicious mango pies from Kenny’s Great Pies, refreshing mango coconut water from Zico Coconut Water, tasty mango dishes from Whole Foods Market and much more.  

The Culinary Experience Cooking Demonstrations
Sponsored by Whole Foods Market
Philips Gate Courtyard 

Learn from local chefs as they teach us their tricks for creating delicious and simple mango dishes!

Saturday– July 14

11:00 a.m.        Chef Kareem Anquin
                           The Oceanaire Seafood Room Miami                    
12:00 p.m.        Chef Jeremiah, Gastropod Miami
                           Green Mango Prawn Salad  
1:00 p.m.          Chef Ayesha DiMelo, Ayesha’s Kitchen
                           Aam Panna, Raw Mango Drink & Mango and Bean Kachumbar  

Sunday– July 15

11:00 a.m.        Chef Andrea Curto-Randazzo,
                           Creative Taste Catering & Event Production
                           Summer Mango Gazpacho with Shrimp-chile-citrus Salad  
12:00 p.m.        Chef Brian Collaro, Whole Foods Market Florida Region 
                           Jicama Shrimp Salad   
1:00 p.m.          Chef Ayesha DiMelo, Ayesha’s Kitchen
                           Aam Panna, Raw Mango Drink & Mango and Bean Kachumbar 

Mango Medics

Our mango medics and experts are on hand to answers any questions you may have about our mango trees. Is your tree not fruiting? Have questions about an ailing tree? Stop by and let our medics come to the rescue.  

Tropical Yoga with Rina Yoga, In the Palmetum

Stop by for classes fit for all levels that will strengthen and stretch the body and mind for overall wellbeing. 

10:30 a.m.     Adult Yoga
11:30 a.m.      Kids Yoga
12:30 p.m.     Adult yoga
1:30 p.m.        Kids Yoga 

Music of the Mango Lands, Garden House Lawn

10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.     Ohana Arts Hawaiian Duo  
12:30 - 4:00 p.m.                Cortadito Trio 

10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.     Amrita Tribe, sitar and tabla duo
12:30 - 4:00 p.m.                Ohana Arts Hawaiian Duo and Hula Dancers 

Mango Tasting and Flavor Evaluations, Corbin A

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

Fairchild selects the finest quality mangos, ripened to perfection and cut fresh each day, all available for tasting and evaluations. Help us decide which mango will reign number one this year. There is a $1.00 charge to enter the tasting room and tastings available while supplies last. 

Mango’s of the World Display, Garden House

Experience the largest mango collection in the world! Our staggering display offers a beautiful journey through genetic differences within mangos. Learn how mango colors, shapes and aromas differ from region to region. 

International Fruit Market, Garden House Lawn

Don’t miss out on picking up delicious ready-to-eat mangos from all over the world. Over 100 varieties of Fairchild Mangos will be available to purchase, as well as ‘Champagne’ mangos from India and various mangos from Puerto Rico. 

Mango Smoothies, Garden House Lawn

Enjoy our famous mango smoothies made from mango pulp from the Fairchild Farm. 

Schnebly Miami Brewing Company, Cycad Vista

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Schnebly Miami Brewing Company will be sampling their last creation, Shark Attack, a refreshing mango brew! 

The Shop at Fairchild, Visitor Center

Don’t forget to visit the Shop for an array of mango-inspired products including: books, pruners, sauces, chutney’s and more. The Shop at Fairchild also has fair trade products, unique gifts, cuisine selections, hand bags, jewelry and the best botanical book selection in South Florida. 

Mangoville, Garden House Lawn

Pick up artisan mango products and treats or dine on delicious mango dishes whipped up by local vendors and food trucks. 

What’s Growing for the Kids!, The Edible Garden

Through a variety of hands-on activities, explore the evolutionary timeline of plants. Compare and contrast the differences and similarities between algae, mosses, ferns, conifers and flowering plants; al members of the plant kingdom.  Get your hands dirty with hands-on educational activities!   

Mango Auction, Garden House

Sunday Only 3:00 p.m.

Enjoy the excitement of the world’s only mango auction while bidding on your favorite mangos. Join Dr. Richard J. Campbell, auctioneers Jimmy Howell and Melissa Contreras for a journey through the exciting world of mangos. What will be the best mango variety available at this year’s auction? Stop in to find out and experience this truly unique auction. 

Don’t miss the special performance of a live sitar and tabla, by Armita's Tribe, as they open and close the Mango Auction!  

Bike Valet

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

View a video of past Mango Festivals











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Admission: Free for Fairchild Members and children 5 and under.

Non-members: $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up and $12 for children 6-17. 

Eco-discount: If you walk, ride your bike or take public transportation to Fairchild, receive $5 off admission for adults and $2 off admission for children. Members, remember to bring your Rewards Card to earn your gift passes! 

Military Discount: We are pleased to offer active military personnel free admission. In addition, admission for spouses is $20 and children $10. Please present Military IDs.

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