On Saturday and Sunday, July 14th and 15th, 2018, the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Florida, celebrated the king of all tropical fruits – the mango. The Fairchild’s 26th Annual International Mango Festival featured the mangos of Haiti, along with other tropical favorites. As always, the mango festival featured the world’s largest variety of mangos on display. Much to the enjoyment of attendees, this year the festival also showcased other tropical fruits such as mamey, sapodilla, canistel, jackfruit, coconut, avocado, and more.
The two-day festival featured mango tastings, tree sales, lectures, and demonstrations. Attendees also had the opportunity to enjoy live music and entertainment, which included traditional dance and music from Haiti. Additionally, attendees were able to sample and purchase artisan food, drinks, and baked goods, such as Grate Madeleine’s gourmet madeleines.
The Fairchild Mango Tasting Room was one of the most popular options at the event with lines stretching down the walkway. This tasting room featured a selection of the finest quality mangos, all ripened to perfection and freshly cut for patrons to try. For $2.00, attendees tried over 10 types of mangos, and were able to place their vote to help decide the best tasting mango of the festival.
In addition to the festival itself, people had the opportunity to indulge in Sunday’s Mango Brunch. The highlightof the event for all mango lovers was the Mango Auction, which also took place on Sunday.