Mango Culinary Conference Kicks Off Fairchild’s International Mango Festival This Year!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Mango Culinary Conference Will Kick Off

Fairchild’s International Mango Festival This Year!

 Coral Gables, FL, June 18, 2010— As the mangos grow in our grove, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is gearing up for the 18th Annual International Mango Festival, one of South Florida’s favorite summer events. This year the festival celebrates the Mangos of India. The weekend will showcase the world‘s largest display of mango cultivars, a mango tasting, a marketplace of mango products, cooking demonstrations,

mango-inspired cuisine and more. This year, Fairchild is also incorporating a Mango Culinary Conference and is honored to invite the public to participate. For this unique event, Fairchild is gathering mango experts, chefs and culinary professionals from all over the world to discuss the different uses of mangos in cuisine, its delicious properties and flavors, as well as pairing possibilities and more. Participants will learn the difference between different mango varieties, as well gain an understanding of how to choose the best mango for their dish. The July 9th conference will kick off the International Mango Festival which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, July 10-11.

 Registration for the conference is $40 before June 25, $50 before July 5 and $60 onsite. For further information and to register for the conference please contact Annie Stamps at 305.667.1651 ext. 3377,

 Conference Schedule

9:30 a.m. Registration and Tropical Continental Breakfast

10:00 a.m. Introduction and Welcome — Dr. Carl Lewis, Director of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

10:15 a.m. Mango Flavor Profile: India — Dr. Richard Campbell, Fairchild Senior Curator of Tropical Fruit,

Noris Ledesma, Fairchild Curator of Tropical Fruit

11:30 a.m. East vs. West: The Differences in Mango Cuisine — Andrea Curto-Randazzo (Miami‘s own Top Chef Contestant) and Madhur Jaffrey

12:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. Panel Discussion — Madhur Jaffrey, Allen Susser, Norman Van Aken,

Richard Campbell, Moderator

3:30 p.m. The Fabled Alphonso Mango: Why it Reigns Supreme;

Mangos: Custom Blends and Export Products — Dr. Baskar Savani and Ajit Chiroker


All conference participants are invited to a Mango Preview Reception at 6:00 p.m. in the Garden House

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, fun things for the kids, mango cultivar tastings, a marketplace of mangos and mango products, educational lectures, mango-inspired cuisine, entertainment and much more.  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.