Monday, June 18, 2018




Media contact: Maureen Tan
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
305-667-1651, ext. 3392



People checking out mango cultivars before the world-famous Mango Auction


Coral Gables, FL, June 15, 2018 – South Florida’s summertime can only mean one thing: an abundance of mangos and tropical fruit! This year’s International Mango & Tropical Fruit Festival will be held on Saturday, July 14 – Sunday, July 15 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Fairchild is celebrating the mangos of Haiti, as well as other tropical fruits that thrive in South Florida including avocados, jackfruit, mamey, sapodilla, canistel and many more.

The weekend is filled with fun, family-friendly experiences. Some highlights include:

  • Mangos and Tropical Fruit Display: Experience the largest mango and tropical fruit collection in the world – over 200 varieties of mangos! Guests can learn how different tropical fruits can differ from region to region. All tropical fruits in the display will also be available for purchase at Sunday’s Mango Auction.
  • Haiti Cultural Tent: We’re partnering with the Little Haiti Arts Center to showcase the beauty of Haitian culture. There will also be a Haitian traditional band, folk dancers and lectures on Haitian mangos.
  • Mango and Tropical Fruit Tasting and Evaluations:  Help us decide which tropical fruit wins fan favorite by sampling bite-sized slices and experiencing different flavor profiles. Tropical fruits are sponsored by EcoRipe.  
  • Mango Brunch: The 20th Annual Mango Brunch is a tasty tribute to the most delicious tropical fruit and brings together South Florida’s finest chefs on July 15 at 11:00 a.m. This delicious fête is important as it raises funds for Fairchild’s Tropical Fruit Program. Please RSVP in advance by purchasing tickets online.
  • Tropical and Rare Fruit Tree Sales:  After all the tasting,  green thumb enthusiasts can browse our Curator’s Choice Mango Trees including Haiti’s favorite ‘Madame Francis’ from Haiti and ‘Malika,’ a dessert mango from India. All mango trees are personally selected by our mango expert, Dr. Noris Ledesma. Other tropical fruit trees will also be available for purchase.
  • Tropical Beer Garden: Sip and sample craft beers from breweries like Lagunitas Brewing Co., Concrete Beach Brewery, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., and Nightlife Brewing Co. We will also have delicious concoctions from St. Petersburg Distillery and summer sangria from Shaw-Ross Imports.
  • Tropi-ville: So many tropical fruits! There will be gardening tips and cooking demos as well as lectures on tropical fruit taking place all weekend. At the Fairchild Education Station, young ones can learn about mango and other fruits brought over by Dr. David Fairchild through interactive activities.
  • Mango Auction: The festival concludes with this world- famous auction on July 15, 2:00 p.m. Guests get a chance to bid on rare mangos collected from all around the world by Fairchild’s Tropical Fruit Curator, Dr. Noris Ledesma.

The International Mango & Tropical Fruit Festival is supported by Ecoripe, HSBC, FIU Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, and Hershman & Human.

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.