Mangos Mangos everywhere! One of my favorite things about summer in Miami is mango season - not only are mangos abundant throughout the summer, but Miami is also home to a festival ALL ABOUT mangos! The International Mango Festival #mangofest is located at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens in Coral Gables over two days - and they celebrated 24 years last Sunday.
It's been just over a week since #MangoFest and I'm already having withdrawals! If you've never been to the festival but love mangos, definitely mark it down on your calendar for next year! Until then, let's look at some of the highlights of the event...
Mango tasting, mango brew, mango jams, mango pops, mango pies - everything turns mango right before your eyes ;) Did you know there are over 400 varieties of mangos?? If you've ever wanted to tango with a new type of mango - this is the place to find it: Alfonso, Ataulfo, Haden, & Kent are my faves, but there are SOOO many I still have to try (so many mangos, not enough time!). Reading about mangos is like hearing about music - you eventually have to taste it for yourself - but since the festival is filled with great information, you can at least be aware of all the different varietals you eventually want to try out. Another advantage of the festival: you can even buy yourself a mango tree or participate in a mango auction!
More general information here:
My favorite part of the mango festival (other than munching on mangos of course) is seeing how different vendors and products include mango in their recipes. The festival is famous for their MANGO PIES, and two of my favorite #mangofest offerings are MANGO MACAROONS and MANGO POPS (popsicles made of mango pulp)! Certain vendors even include eclectic pairings like mango basil & mango habenero, and flavors like mango strawberry are available for the lighter / less adventurous palate!
You can keep up with updates and lots more pics from international mango festival on their social media below:
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens is home to many great events outside of mango fest throughout the year, which you can check out here:
Have you been to #MangoFest?!
Comment below with your favorite #mangofest story or experience! <3
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