International Mango Festival

International Mango Festival
July 12, 13, 14 ~ with different events each day

Celebrate the mango at the 10th annual International Mango Festival. Experience the glorious sunset colors and meltingly sweet, juicy flesh as you enjoy traditional favorites and the newest discoveries.

Each year in July Fairchild Tropical Garden presents the unique International Mango Festival to share the excitement of the mango harvest with our friends. We invite you to join us to taste the many flavors of the mango, buy a mango tree perfect for your own garden and learn how to grow healthy trees that produce luscious fruit, all in the beautiful setting of the Garden.


Friday, July 12
Preview Mango Tree Sale ~ 5:00 to 7:00 pm 
Members' Tree Sale ~ for Garden members ONLY - Please remember to bring your membership card.
A limited number of  2001 and 2002 Curator's Choice and other mango trees will be sold to Garden members ONLY. Trees limited to 4 trees per member. Trees will be sold until the quantity set aside for this special "Preview Mango Tree Sale" is depleted. Additional mango trees will be available for sale at 9:30 am on Saturday morning.

Crowds gather for the Saturday opening of the International Mango Festival.
Saturday, July 13
Festival Day
All Saturday events are free with admission* to the Garden. 
* Adults $8, Children 3-12 $4, Garden members and children under 3 free.
Additional Parking: FREE PARKING and SHUTTLE, running continuously from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, will be available from St. Thomas Episcopal Parish Church, 5692 SW 88 Street, at the corner of SW 57 Avenue (Red Rd.) and SW 88 Street (N. Kendall Dr.).
Mango Tree Sales ~ 9:30 am until sold out
Curator's Choice 2002 Selections, a Selection of Tried-and-True South Florida Favorites and Past Curator's Choice Favorites for the home gardener with limited space.
Trees are $30 each / Limit is 4 trees per adult
Trees are approximately 3 feet in height, growing in a 2 gallon plastic pot. For your convenience a tree holding area is available on Saturday, July 13. Sorry we can not pre-sell, hold or ship trees. 

Mangos of the World ~ Garden House ~ 9:30 am to noon
Mangos of the World: A feast for the senses, this magnificent display includes more than 150 cultivars, grown in the Fairchild Tropical Garden mango collection, but with origins from countries circling the globe.
Mango Medics will answer questions about mangos, or bring a sample of your ailing tree in a sealed plastic bag  Look for them in mango polo shirts.

Tastings & Evaluations  ~ Corbin Building ~ 9:30 am to noon
Cultivar tastings and evaluations - 10 cultivars selected for their varied flavors

Mangoville ~ On the Lawn
Mango Culinary Treats ~ 9:30 am until the samples are gone.  Mango delicacies from Gardner's Markets, Creative Tastes, Einstein Bros., and JoAnna's Marketplace.
Mango Market ~ 9:30 am to 4:30 pm: fruit sales, baked goods, jams, jellies, chutneys & more . . .
Mangoville ~ 9:30 am to 4:30 pm: mango inspired paintings, mosaic pots and gifts, fertilizer, fruit pickers, Mango Cafe, mango smoothies
Book Signing ~ 11:00 am. The Great Mango Book, Chef Allen Susser

Limited Edition Cultivar Tastings & Evaluations ~ On the Lawn ~ in the afternoon

Mangos in the Garden Shop ~ 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Mango gifts, treats and books, including the authoritative book A Guide to Mangos in Florida, by Dr. Richard J. Campbell, Fairchild's Senior Curator of Tropical Fruit, will be available at a special price of $10.00 (regularly $29.95).

Mango Kids
Mango fun for children ~ mango face painting and mango temporary tattoos, Mango Theatre, Mr. & Ms. Mango Head contest, decorate a mango seed, plant a mango tree, and more. . .

Mango Workshops
  Garden House ~ 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Mango Demonstrations
Corbin Building ~ 1:30 - 4:00 pm

Second Annual Mango Contest & Cook-off ~ On the Lawn ~ 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Mango Contest: Bring your Biggest, Most Beautiful, or Most Bizarre Mango or enter the 
  Mr. and Ms. Mango Head Competition.
Mango Cook-off: Bring your soon-to-be-famous favorite mango creation.
Awards Given in three categories: Condiment/Appetizer, Entree, Dessert
Entries for mango contest and mango cook-off accepted on the Loggia 1:00 to 1:30 pm.
Entry Form available at event or by calling 305/667-1651.
Requirements: entry must serve 6; written recipe; written ingredients
Winners announced at 3:00 pm.

Sunday, July 14
Two Special Events

Mango Brunch ~ 11 am 
Members $75, Non-members $100
Reservations required, limited seating: 305/667-1651
Make your reservations early as this popular 
brunch sells out quickly.

A mango-inspired menu prepared by talented South Florida chefs. Look for food with a Southeast Asian flair from
Chef Allen Susser ~ Chef Allen's; Chef Thoa Fink~  formerly of Thoa’s on Ponce; Chef Russell Parker ~ Lasso the Moon; Chef Michael Verno ~ Café Sambal at the Mandarin Oriental; Chef Dawn Sieber ~ Kaiyo in Islamorada; Gerd Richter ~ Palms Hotel South Beach .

Mango Auction ~ 3:00 pm
Free with Garden admission *
* Adults $8, Children 3-12 $4,
Garden members and children under 3 free. 

Come join Dr. Richard J. Campbell, Senior Curator of Tropical Fruit, and mango auctioneer Jimmy Howell on a journey through the world of mango lore and modern-day ethnobotany. Sarong-clad models will strut our rarest, heirloom fruit of the "Mangos of the World" display.  Bid on the rare and precious fruit and have your own cultivar tasting from the fascinating and flavorful cultivars and specialty assortments. Available this year are a very limited number of selected trees that will wow and amaze you. Bid on some real treasures! Enjoy the excitement of the only mango auction in the world.