Wednesday, June 8, 2016



Media contact: Brooke LeMaire
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
305-667-1651, ext. 3392

Mangos for auction at Fairchild’s International Mango Festival


Coral Gables, FL, June 8, 2016 – The best part of summer has arrived – mango season! Join Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in celebrating the acclaimed ‘king of fruit’ at the 24th Annual International Mango Festival on Saturday, July 9 – Sunday, July 10 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. This year’s theme, “Mangos of Cuba,” will explore the rich heritage of tropical fruit in the Caribbean’s largest island.


This family-friendly event features highlights like the Mangos of the World Display, a jaw-dropping collection of hundreds of different mango cultivars, fresh mango tasting for $2 while supplies last, Curator’s Choice mango tree sales including Cuban cultivars like Biscochuelo and Toledo, gardening and cooking demos, the KidWay education booth, and food vendors at Mangoville. The festival will close with the famous Mango Auction on July 10 at 2:00 p.m., a chance to bid on rare mangos collected from around the world by Fairchild’s tropical fruit experts, Dr. Richard Campbell and Dr. Noris Ledesma.


For those eager to try more mouthwatering mango dishes, a special Mango Brunch with Miami’s top chefs will be held on July 10 at 11:00 a.m. for an additional cost to raise funds for Fairchild’s Tropical Fruit Program. Participants include Chef Kareem Anguin, Chef Chris Bulgarin, Chefs Andrea Curto-Randazzo and Frank Randazzo, Chef Allen Susser, Chef Kris Wessel, Chef Dewey LoSasso, and Chef Ascione Gaetano. Please RSVP in advance by calling 305-663-8044 or registering online.


The International Mango Festival is sponsored by the National Mango Board, I’m Not Your Boring Newspaper, University of Florida IFAS Extension, the USDA, Whole Foods Market, and Mrs. Angela Whitman, Honorary Philanthropic Chair.


Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, $12 for children 6-17, and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156.


For more info, please visit www.fairchildgarden.org/mango or call 305-667-1651.


About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Established in 1938 and comprising 83 acres in Miami, Fla., Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. The world-renowned plant collections feature palms, cycads, orchids, tropical fruit trees and more. Fairchild has the largest education program of any metropolitan area, reaching more than 200,000 schoolchildren each year with environmental programs like The Fairchild Challenge. It aims to inspire a greater knowledge and love for plants and gardening so that all can enjoy the beauty and bounty of the tropical world. Special events include Chocolate, Mango, and Orchid Festivals in addition to an annual art exhibition, concerts, plant sales and more.



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