It’s a Celebration of the Mouthwatering Mangos of India at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s International Mango Festival 2010

Thursday, June 17, 2010

It’s a Celebration of the Mouthwatering Mangos of India at

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s International Mango Festival 2010

Coral Gables, FL, June 16, 2010— Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is excited to announce its 18th annual International Mango Festival this year celebrating the Mangos of India. Just in time for the mango harvest, the Festival will take place Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Festival will feature everything for the mango lover—mango tree sales, mango-inspired cooking demonstrations, mango tastings, a display of more than 200 mangos from Fairchild nurseries, a children’s program that includes a mango puppet show, mango theater, a spectacular mango brunch on Sunday. New to the Festival this year, don’t miss the mango-chutney cook-off and bike valet services provided by Green Mobility Network!

 Here is the schedule:


Mango Conferences and Workshops

Saturday, July 10, 2010 (Garden House) 

1:00 p.m.           The Mangos of India,  Madhur Jaffrey, along with 
                            Dr. Richard J. Campbell and 
                            Noris Ledesma,  FTBG                                                  

2:00 p.m.           Research Update: National Mango Board
                            William Watson, National Mango Board 

2:30 p.m.           Grower’s Perspective of Mango Improvement Programs
                            Noris Ledesma, FTBG 

3:00 p.m.           ‘Alphonso‘,‘ Kesar‘ and the Indian Grower
                            Bhaskar Savani of Savani Farms and Ajit Shirodkar 

3:30 p.m.           Growing Locations and Varieties for Indian Mangos in the 
Americas: Recommendations,  Dr. Richard J. Campbell, FTBG

4:00 p.m.           Summary and Discussion,  Panel of speakers and experts.
                            Moderator: Dr. Jonathan Crane, University of Florida 

Sunday, July 11, 2010  

10:30 a.m .       Grafting Mangos  (Near Cycad Circle),  Erik Teitig,
                            Pine Island Nursery 

11:30 a.m.        Selecting and Growing the Perfect Mango (Near Cycad Circle), 
                           Jeff Wasielewski, FTBG 

1:00 p.m.           Indian Mangos (Mango display tent), 
                            Baskar Savani of Savani Farms and Ajit Shirodkar 

2:00 p.m.           Mango Pruning (Near Cycad Circle),  Erik Teitig,
                            Pine Island Nursery

Cooking Demos

Saturday, July 10 

10:00 a.m.      Chef Billo Jolly
                         Green Mango Chutney

11:00 a.m.      Chef David Bracha, River Oyster Bar
                          West Indies Spiced Mahi-Mahi with Mango Chutney

12:00 p.m.      Chef Gail Goetsch, Essensia
                         Mango Blackberry Trifle

1:00 p.m.        Chef John Critchley, Area 31
                         Key West Pink Shrimp Ceviche with Local Mango

2:00 p.m.        Aria Kagan, Food Network Star contestant
                         Fish Tacos with Mango Slaw

3:00 p.m.        Chef Michael Bennett, Bimini Boatyard
                         Mango Red Curry Pork Tenderloin

Sunday, July 11

10:00 a.m.      Brian Collaro, Whole Foods Market
                         Delicious Mango Dish

11:00 a.m.      Chef Jeff O‘Neill, Gibraltar
                          Florida Mango Gazpacho with Rock Shrimp and Coriander

12:00 p.m.      Chef Jay Mariadoss, Indian Palate
                          Indian Mango Dish

1:00 p.m.        Chef Madhur Jaffrey
                         Mango Chutney

2:00 p.m.        Chef Gonzalo Rivera, La Marea
                         Bunuelos, Lime Sugar, Tamarind Coulis and ‘Fernandin‘ Mango


Saturday and Sunday

9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Corbin Building (Limited quantities)
Taste a variety of mangos and discover your new favorite.

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Visitor Center Ballroom
Cooking demonstrations from top chefs will take place on the hour.  Please see schedule above. 

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon, Garden House (Limited quantities)
Samplings from Ben and Jerry‘s, JoAnna’s Marketplace, Macy‘s Catering, Mason Girl Cupcakes and Whole Foods.

9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Garden House Lawn
Enjoy famous Fairchild Farm mango smoothies with Indian mango pulp.

Shop our great selection of curator choice mango trees while supplies last. Experts will be on hand to help with your selection.

Our mango experts will be located next to the tree sales this year, and are at hand to help you with any questions you may have about your mango tree. You can also bring a sample of your ailing mango tree in a sealed bag and our mango medics will come to the rescue. Workshops will also be presented here on Sunday.

Your children will enjoy making art, learning to cook, doing yoga and more! 

  • Art
    Kids can create mango-inspired art all weekend, with Art Studio Miami
  • Cooking Demos for Kids
    Chefs Christina Staalstrom and Alicia Toledo will teach kid-friendly cooking lessons!
  • Yoga
    Little Mango Yogis Class: Saturday and Sunday, 12:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. All ages welcome. We’ll do yoga poses, play yoga games and enjoy the fun of yoga with Rina Yoga teachers! Also, join us for a Rina Yoga Mango Parade!
  • Live Theater
    Art Studio Theatre presents The Fallen Mango, a play for children that is set in India. Sunday at 11:00 in the Chickee Hut.

View the greatest display of mangos ever assembled inside the Garden House and in the Mangos of India Tent on the Garden House Lawn. 

Our fruit market is filled with mangos from the Fairchild world collection: India, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Haiti and more.

9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Garden House Lawn
All things mango can be found in our marketplace! From mango honey and mango soaps to Chef Allen’s mango sauces, ketchup and salsas we have it all. Don’t miss Crackerman Crackers’ delicious mango lentil dip on homemade crackers, mango chutney, jams and jellies, mango teas, spices and more. 

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
by Whole Foods Market and  St. John Brewers

Listen to the dynamic sounds of Indian sitar and tabla players in the morning, and lively Afro-Cuban jazz in the afternoon. 

Green Mobility Network will be here Saturday and Sunday offering their unique bike valet service at the South Gate. Bike and $5! Ride your bike to the Mango Festival and receive $5 off the admission price for adults and $2 for children. It‘s our way of thanking you for contributing to conservation.

Go Mangos with Rina Yoga! This will take place in the Alee on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30p.m. and 1:30 p.m. The class is for all levels and will strengthen and stretch the body and mind for overall wellbeing.  

Sunday Only

MANGO BRUNCH - reservations required
11:00 a.m., Garden House
The culinary event of the summer! Our Mango Brunch features six of South Florida’s top chefs preparing their favorite mango dish just for you. Staring off with our famous mango bellini and a special mango tasting, this event will have mango lovers on cloud nine. For more information, call 305.663.8058. Purchase tickets online.

12:30 p.m.        Chutney entries must be received at the Visitor Center Ballroom
1:00 p.m.          Cooking Demonstration by Madhur Jaffrey
1:30 p.m.          Judging begins
2:15 p.m.          Winners announced

Download a entry form

2:30 p.m., Garden House
You won’t want to miss this exciting and colorful dance, performed by Geeta and company.  And then stay seated for the action packed mango auction! Bid on one of the rare varieties of mangos from the Mangos of the World Display and you may be able to win your own plate of irresistible ‘Julie’ or ‘Alphonso’ mangos.  Our dancers will be the models as the prices rise and the drama unfolds.  Who will go home with the best mangos?

About the International Mango Festival

Fairchild’s International Mango Festival is in its 18th year and continues to be the summer’s must-attend event.  It features the world’s largest display of mango cultivars, over 1,200 mango trees for purchase, amazing cooking demonstrations, fun things for the kids, mango cultivar tastings, a marketplace of mango products, educational lectures, mango-inspired cuisine, entertainment and much more!  Whole Foods is once again the Festival’s sponsor. The Mango Festival is taking place Saturday and Sunday July 10 and 11 at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156.  For more information, please call 305-667-1651 or visit

 About Fairchild

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. It is one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation. Currently Fairchild has field programs in over 20 countries including support to protected areas in Madagascar and Africa and botanic garden development and renovation projects in South and Central America, the Caribbean and Middle East. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden houses palm and cycad collections that are nationally recognized by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), has the world’s greatest living collection of palms and cycads; an education program reaching more than 52,000 school children per year; hosts popular events like the International Chocolate Festival, International Mango Festival and International Orchid Festival, the Ramble, concerts, affiliated plant society shows and sales and more; and, is a not-for-profit organization relying on the support of its 45,000 members and benefactors. Fairchild hosts major art events such as Yayoi Kusama at Fairchild this year, Mark di Suvero, Fernando Botero, Dale Chihuly and Kris Martin at Fairchild in 2008, Botero, Lichtenstein and Chihuly at Fairchild in 2007 and Chihuly at Fairchild in 2005 and 2006. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables (Miami), Florida 33156, just a thirty minute drive from South Beach. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. For more information, please visit us at and on Facebook and Twitter.