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Mango Festival 2007 At Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Pictures from the "Mangos of the Caribbean Festival" held at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, FL.

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Botanical Garden Entrance
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Ivy Covered Walkway

The 15th Annual International Mango Festival was a delicious way to spend the day on a bright sunny Miami weekend.

It was held on July 14th & 15th 2007 in the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden located at 10901 Old Cutler Road in Coral Gables, FL.

The event featured a grower's summit, pirates ball, tree sales, mangos of the world display, tastings, fine cuisine samplings, a mango art gallery, music, Mangoville vendors, mango smoothies, an auction, and an international fruit market.

"Mangos of the Caribbean" was the official theme for the event's fifteenth anniversary. The nations of the Caribbean have long been a melting pot for the cultural and culinary influences from Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas.

Upon entering the Fairchild gardens, the smell of fresh mangos lured us directly to the tasting tables at the Corbin Building.

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Purple Flowers
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Desert Plants Collection
Some of the mangos that were selected by the Fairchild's curator, Dr. Richard J. Campbell, for the festival included the San Felipe (Cuba), Madame Francis (Haiti), Baptiste (Haiti), Manilita (Mexico), Neelum (India), Rosigold (Florida), Lancetilla (Bay Islands, Honduras), Cogshall (FL), Fairchild (Panama), Graham (Trinidad & Tobago), and Julie (Jamaica).
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Cactus
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Small Cacti Garden
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Mango Festival
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Vendor Display Tents
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Fairchild Mango Smoothies
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Mango Variety Tasting
For just $1.00 admission per person into the Corbin Building, we were able to sample 10 different varieties of juicy mangos from all over the world. Only three of the exotic mangos that are listed in the event guide were on the sampling table while five of them were from right here in Florida. The tasty types on the table were the Ataulfo (Mexico), Bombay (Jamaica), Edward (FL), Haden (FL), Keitt (FL), Mallika (India), Nam Doc Mai (Thailand), Champagne (Mexico), Palmer (Florida), and Tommy Atkins (FL).
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Corbin Building
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10 Mango Varieties
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Mango Sample Tastings
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Ataulfo - Mexico
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Bombay - Jamaica
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Edward - Florida
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Haden - Florida
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Keitt - Florida
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Mallika - India
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Nam Doc Mai - Thailand
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Champagne - Mexico
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Palmer - FL
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Tommy Atkins - FL
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Mangoville Food & Music
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Pollo Tropical & Live Band
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Mango Culinary Demonstrations
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Risotto With Mango Sauce

After the mango tastings, we wandered over to "The Gallery" building for a culinary demonstration by Charles Podesta from Marcanio's European Deli & Caffe in Coconut Grove. Chef Podesta whipped up some mouth watering risotto with sweet mango sauce for the attendees.

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Fruit Market
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Large Wood Sculpture
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CJ's Mango Grill
The Mango Festival is made possible each year by corporate or private sponsors such as the National Mango Board, ANEM (Haiti's National Association of Mango Exporters), Chestnut Hill Farms, Savani Farms, Club Med, the University of Florida, Pollo Tropical, Freska Produce, Martex Farms, Blesstrade, and the Ciruli Brothers.
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Miranda Mango Muebles
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Hey Mon! Caribbean Sauces
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Sample Dipping Sauces
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Bees-N-The-Keys & Mango Art
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Schnebly Winery
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The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden covers over 80 acres of prime South Florida real estate, so we broke away from the crowds at the mango festival and went exploring. Some of the must see areas of Fairchild are the Butterfly Garden, the Bamboo Collection, the Jewels of the Caribbean, the Spiny Forest of Madagascar, the Rainforest, and the Tropical Flower Garden.

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Vine Covered Walkway
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Gasteracantha Cancriformis
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Crab Spider (Spiny Orb Weaver)

Getting into the Mango Festival cost $20 per person but we then took their offer to apply that fee to the cost of a $70 "Associate Plus" membership. The membership allows the two of us free entrance for one year or she (the member) can go with one guest.

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Flash Illuminated Spider Web
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Mango Hanging From Vine

Miami isn't the only city to hold a Mango Festival. A few of the other cities that have similar events include Delhi in India, Deerfield Beach in Florida, Cebu in the Philippines and Negril in Jamaica. Mangos are big business in India since the country provides more than 50% of the world's supply. From what I've read, the Delhi festival is a mango lover's Graceland.

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Two Mangos Hanging
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Red Fuzzy Plants
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Light Blue Flowers
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Water Lily
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Victoria Water Lilies

The Fairchild Garden is open every day of the year and worth the visit anytime, but for some more excitement you could attend one of the special events such as "No End To The Banana", Butterfly Days, the Bonsai Show, the Halloween Bash, the Family Harvest Day, the International Orchid Festival and the Chocolate Festival.

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Victoria Amazonica Pool
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Red & Yellow Flowers

For more pictures please check out my Dale Chihuly Blown Glass Art @ Fairchild update or my Kanapaha Botanical Gardens - Gainesville, FL gallery. If you're ever in the Miami or Coral Gables area, be sure to go visit the Fairchild.

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