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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Announces the Return of Annual Mango Festival



Summer in South Florida is synonymous with mango season, and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is thrilled to announce the return of its beloved annual Mango Festival. This year's festival, celebrating nearly three decades of mango mania, will take place on Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.


The festival, a beloved tradition nearly three decades in the making, invites families and friends to partake in a weekend brimming with mango-centric activities and experiences. The 2024 Mango Festival promises a weekend full of mango-themed activities for the entire family, including:


  • Mango Tastings

  • Sweet mango smoothies

  • Mangolicious cocktail flight

  • Signature Mango Brunch

  • Wide variety of mangoes and tropical fruit for purchase

  • Food vendors with mango-inspired menus

  • Mango tree sales

  • Beer Tasting presented by La Tropical

  • Lawn games and music

  • Jurassic Garden

  • Mango Craft with Miss Jessica

  • Scheduled lectures by mango experts


MANGO TASTING: Experience the flavors of mango fruit with three varieties grown at Fairchild’s Farm. Tastings are scheduled at half-hour intervals from 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Tickets are $5 each and sold on-site, with limited availability.


SPECIAL EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES:


Mango and Other Tropical Fruit Sale: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Visitors will take home the king of the fruit, grown fresh by Fairchild

Mango Tree Sale: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, with horticulturalists available to assist

Mango Mania Bar: Featuring mango smoothies, mini mango cocktail flight, and La Tropical beer tasting located at Phillip's Courtyard.

○ Smoothie: $7 (1), $12 (2), $16 (spirit-infused)

○ Mini Cocktail Flight: $29

○ Beer Tasting: $14

Signature Mango Brunch: Only on Sunday, July 14, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, enjoy a culinary journey with dishes crafted by South Florida’s finest chefs.


EDUCATIONAL LECTURES: Saturday, July 13:

Saturday, July 13


  • 11:00 AM: "New Mango Varieties" by Nick Bernal, Seasons Farm Fresh

  • 1:00 PM: "The World of Mangos" by Dr. Richard Campbell

  • 2:30 PM: "Young Mango Tree Selection, Planting, and Pruning" by Jeff Wasielewski, UF/IFAS


Sunday, July 14:


  • 11:00 AM: Lecture by Jonathan Crane (pending confirmation)

  • 1:00 PM: "The Fruitful Five" Mango Masters Panel Discussion featuring experts like Julian Lara, Paul Nison, Alex Salazar, Tom Suttons, Bobby Biswas, and Chris Wenzel.



Book Reading by Sita Singh:


Join author Sita Singh as she reads her book "Mango Memories" in The Shop. Illustrated by Nabi H. Ali, this delightful book will captivate listeners of all ages. Sita Singh's social media links: Website, Instagram, X. Her book “Mango Memories” will be available for sale


MARKET VENDORS:


Explore a variety of unique products from vendors such as Paz y Luna, Nomad Soul Design, Kreative Gardens, John's Jungle, Healing Blends, Apu Hemp, In Your Face Delights, Vegalia, Keys Bees, and Miguel Bode Hone


FOOD VENDORS: Satisfy your cravings with mango-inspired dishes from:


  • Artic Ice

  • Manka

  • Guacamole & Ceviche House

  • Joey's Donuts

  • El Machine Gon Tacos

  • Pop Sandwiches


ADDITIONAL ATTRACTIONS:


  • Gift Shop and Café: Open from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

  • Garden House Mango Display: Feast your eyes on a beautiful display of mangos grown at Fairchild’s Farm.

  • Native Butterfly Path and Garden House Lawn: Enjoy the serene beauty and vibrant life of Fairchild's tropical paradise.

  • Jurassic Garden: Explore the prehistoric-themed garden.


EVENT DETAILS:


WHEN: Saturday & Sunday, July 13-14, 2024, from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Mango Brunch on Sunday, July 14, from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM.


WHERE: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd, Coral Gables, FL 33156


ADMISSION: Tickets for the Mango Festival are available for purchase online at https://ftbg.ticketapp.org/portal/product/67. Adult tickets are $24.95, Senior Citizens are $17.95, Students $15.95, and Child (6-17) tickets are $11.95.

Fairchild members and children under 6 enjoy free admission.


For additional information, please visit www.fairchildgarden.org or call 305 667 1651.


By ML Staff. Image courtesy of Tim Chow/Unsplash




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