For Immediate Release
A Fabulous Weekend at Fairchild’s International Mango Festival!
Coral Gables, FL, July 14, 2010—Close to 10,000 visitors were in mango mania mode this past weekend, July 10 & 11, as they celebrated the “king of fruit” at Fairchild’s 18th annual International Mango Festival. “It just goes to show that mangos are truly South Florida’s favorite fruit,” comments Dr. Richard Campbell, Senior Curator of Fairchild’s Tropical Fruit Program. The proceeds from the International Mango Festival help support Fairchild’s Tropical Fruit Program.
At the Mango Cultivar Tasting on Saturday, over a thousand people evaluated 30 cultivars. The results rewarded the Sunset, first place, while Nam Doc Mai came in second. On Sunday, at the famously quirky mango auction, trays of mangos were auctioned off, with a plate of Alphonse going for over $240. “We are so pleased with the community’s wonderful support of this weekend’s event,” said Carl Lewis Director of Fairchild. “Fairchild is so fortunate to have a mango collection that inspires people to learn more about mangos each year.” The 18th International Mango Festival also marked the kick-off of Fairchild’s Bike and $5 incentive with the support of Green Mobility Network.
About the International Mango Festival
Fairchild’s International Mango Festival is in its 18th 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, amazing cooking demonstrations, fun things for the kids, mango cultivar tastings, a marketplace of mango products, educational lectures, mango-inspired cuisine, entertainment and much more! Whole Foods is once again the Festival’s presenting sponsor. The Mango Festival is taking place Saturday and Sunday July 10 and 11 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.
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 palm and cycad collections that are nationally 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 52,000 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 45,000 members and benefactors. Fairchild hosts major art events such as Yayoi Kusama at Fairchild this year, Mark di Suvero, Fernando Botero, Dale Chihuly and Kris Martin at Fairchild in 2008, Botero, Lichtenstein and Chihuly at Fairchild in 2007 and Chihuly at Fairchild in 2005 and 2006. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables (Miami), Florida 33156, just a thirty minute drive from South Beach. 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 and Twitter.