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FAIRCHILD TROPICAL BOTANICAL GARDEN (FTBG) : 23rd Annual International Mango Festival

23rd Annual International Mango Festival

When: Saturday, July 11, 2015 9:30 AM to Sunday, July 12, 2015 4:30 PM
Join us as we celebrate the colorful mangos of Jamaica! From the rare ‘Julie’ to the rich, sweet and spicy ‘Blackie’, we will have all of your favorite mango varieties all in one fun-filled, action-packed and delicious weekend. No other tropical fruit has the ability to bring together a community like the mango. Join us for two full days of mango festivities, all highlighting the king of tropical fruit. Our selection of mangos has been collected throughout the tropics and grown here in South Florida, following in the footsteps of David Fairchild. The festival features a variety of mango trees for sale, a fruit market, cooking demonstrations, lectures about growing mangos, educational activities, artisan vendors, delicious food and the world's largest mango auction! 
Mango Festival at Fairchild admission is included with Garden admission. $25 for non members and free for Fairchild Members. Tickets for non members can be purchased the day of the festival or pre-purchased below.  

Saturday, July 11

11:00 a.m. Cooking Demonstration by Mariana Cortez, Bunnie Cakes
Cycad Vista

12:00 p.m. Cooking Demonstration by Allen Susser, Chef Allen's
Cycad Vista
Jamaican Shrimp & Mango Curry, Macadamia Nut Mango Rice and Mango Chow

1:00 p.m. Cooking Demonstration by Courtney Kohout, Whole Foods Market Coral Gables
Cycad Vista

1:00 p.m. Lecture by Richard Campbell, Ph.D., Director of Horticulture, Fairchild
Garden House
The Mangos of Jamaica

1:30 p.m. Lecture by Noris Ledesma, Ph.D., Curator of Tropical Fruit, Fairchild
Garden House
Fruit Hunting for the Future of Mango

2:00 p.m. Lecture by Jeff Wasielewski, Miami Dade County Cooperative Extension Service
Garden House
Mango Planting and Young Tree Care

2:50 p.m. Lecture by Richard Campbell, Ph.D., Director of Horticulture, Fairchild
Garden House
Pruning in the Whole Landscape

3:00 p.m. Lecture by Richard Campbell, Ph.D., Director of Horticulture, Fairchild and Noris Ledesma, Ph.D., Curator of Tropical Fruit, Fairchild
Garden House
The Mangos of the World

Sunday, July 12

10:00 a.m. Workshop by Noris Ledesma, Ph.D.,Curator of Tropical Fruit, Fairchild
Cycad Circle Workshop Tent
Grafting Mangos

11:00 a.m. Cooking Demonstration by Loren Pulitzer, Meals that Heal
Cycad Vista
Mango Macadamia Muffins
11:00 a.m. Family Yoga by Rina Yoga
Bottom of Bailey Palm Glade
Complimentary family yoga class fit for all levels
11:00 a.m. Workshop by Jeff Wasielewski, Miami Dade County Cooperative Extension Service
Cycad Circle Workshop Tent
Mango Planting and Young Tree Care

12:00 p.m. Cooking Demonstration by Tanya Roberts, Tango Mango Events
Cycad Vista
12:00 p.m. Workshop by Erik Teitig, Pine Island Nursery
Cycad Circle Workshop Tent
Mango Pruning

1:00 p.m. Cooking Demonstration by Hugh Sinclair, Chef Irie
Cycad Vista

1:00 p.m. Workshop by Tomas Ayala, Ph.D., USDA
Cycad Circle Workshop Tent
Pest and Disease Management in Mango

16th Annual Mango Brunch

Mango Morning Sampling

Saturday only, from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the Garden House, enjoy tasty mango dishes as Miami's top restaurants, caterers and businesses alike sample their best mango dishes and products.

Family Yoga with Rina Yoga

Sunday only at 11:00 a.m. at the bottom of the Bailey Palm Glade, enjoy a complimentary family yoga class from Rina Yoga that is fit for all levels that will strengthen and stretch the body and mind for overall well-being and relaxation under a nature’s own ambiance.

Mango Auction

Sunday only, starting at 2:00 p.m. in the Garden House, enjoy the excitement of the world's only mango auction while bidding on your favorite mangos.  Join Dr. Richard J. Campbell and auctioneers for a journey through the exciting world of mangos.  What will be the best mango variety available at this year's auction?  Stop in to find out and experience this truly unique auction.

Mango Tasting and Flavor Evaluations

All weekend in Corbin Classroom A, for $1.00, enter the Fairchild Mango Tasting room.  Fairchild selects the finest quality mangos, ripened to perfection and freshly cut for your tasting, cut fresh each day, all available for tasting.  Help us decide which mango will reign supreme this year.  While supplies last. 

Mangos of the World Display

All weekend in the Garden House,view the largest mango collection in the world! Our staggering display offers a beautiful journey through genetic differences within mangos.  Learn how mango colors, shapes and aromas differ from region to region.

Mango Fruit Market

All weekend on the Garden House Lawn, shop tons of mangos from Fairchild, Mexico, Puerto Rico and beyond.

Mango Smoothies from Fairchild Farm

All weekend on the Garden House Lawn, enjoy our famous fresh fruit smoothies produced from our living collections.


All weekend on the Garden House Lawn, pick up artisan mango products and treats or dine on delicious mango dishes whipped up by local vendors and food trucks. Check back for our list of vendors!

Mango Tree Sales

All weekend at Cycad Circle, shop our great selection of Curator’s Choice Mango Trees while supplies last.  Experts will be on hand to help with your selection. 

Mango Medics

All weekend at Cycad Circle, mango medics and experts are on hand to answer any questions you may have about your mango trees. Is your tree not fruiting? Have a question about an ailing tree? Stop by the Mango Medics and let our medics come to the rescue!

Travel information

The Mango Festival takes place at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, located in Coral Gables, Florida, about 10 miles south of Miami International Airport, detailed driving directions can be found here. Nearby hotels include Sonesta Coconut GroveThe Biltmore Hotel and the Miami Marriott Dadeland

Thank you to our sponsors!

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Please Note: To ensure the safety of our guests, there will be no tram tours during this event.

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