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Mango madness

Bayview celebration showcases ‘king of fruits’

MGN Online

Posted: Friday, July 24, 2015 10:19 pm

Valley Morning Star

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BAYVIEW — So, you think you know everything you need to know about mangoes?

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You might be surprised what more you can learn at the Mango Festival at Rivers End Nursery in Bayview today.

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For example, did you know there are more than 4,000 recognized varieties of the tropical fruit?

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“Most people are only familiar with the few varieties you find in the stores,”
said Kathy Pechacek, who owns the nursery with her husband.

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“The biggest and most important part of the festival is the mango tasting and flavor evaluations,” she said.

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“We will have a wide variety of different ones for people to taste.”

The day will also include programs where visitors can learn more about growing mango trees in their yards.

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For those who already grow the tropical fruit locally, they can enter contests for the Biggest Mango, the Most Beautiful Mango and the Most Bizarre Mango.

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Professional and amateur chefs are invited to enter the It’s All About Mango Food Contest to show off recipes showcasing mangos.

Cooking demonstrations will also be held showing a variety of ways to prepare the fruit.

Live music will entertain the crowd and there will be activities for children, including the popular Mr. Mango Head decorating contest.

Rivers End Nursery started the event in 2007 after visiting a mango festival in Florida.

“Back in 2006 we went to Fairchild Tropical Gardens in Florida where they have an International Mango Festival that goes on for three days,” 
Pechacek said. 

“We were so blown away by everything we experienced we decided we had to bring something like that to South Texas.”

7th Annual Mango Festival 2015

July 25, 2015 @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Rivers End Nursery & Farm
27510 Ted Hunt Road
Los Fresnos, TX 78566

(956) 233-4792

Event website

We invite you to join us in celebrating the flavors of  “The King of Fruit” at the 7th Annual Mango Festival. 

See many of the different varieties we can grow in South Texas. Sample and vote on your choice for the best tasting mango and learn about growing your own mango trees. 

Enter your favorite mango recipe in the Mango Food Contest. 

Fun and entertainment for all ages including live music, culinary presentations, mango growing presentations, mango smoothies and of course; more mangoes. 

Create a Mr. Mango Head for those 10 and under. Don’t miss the only mango celebration in all of Texas.

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