Paula Fernández de los Muros
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
305-667-1651, ext. 3392
For Immediate Release
A Fabulous Weekend at Fairchild‘s International Mango Festival!
Coral Gables, FL, July 17, 2007-A record-breaking 8,500 visitors were in mango heaven this past weekend, July 14 & 15, as they celebrated the "king of fruit" at Fairchild‘s 15th annual International Mango Festival. "It just goes to show the amazing amount of passion and curiosity the public has for mangos," 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 10 cultivars. The results rewarded the Bombay mango, a native of India, first place in taste, while the Edward mango came in second. On Sunday, at the famously quirky mango auction, trays of mangos were auctioned off, raising $4,375, with a highly desired plate of Champagne® mangos selling for $540. "We are so pleased with the community‘s wonderful support of this weekend‘s event," said Dr. Michael Maunder, Director of Fairchild. "We feel fortunate to have a mango collection that inspires people to learn more about mangos each year."
Next year‘s International Mango Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, July 12 & 13, 2008.
About the International Mango Festival
Fairchild‘s International Mango Festival is in its 15th 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. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 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 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.