This week I’m seeing mangos everywhere. Thanks to Rick’s SFDB, I found two delicious recipes using my favorite fruit. And then I realized it’s that time again. Time for Fairchild Tropical Garden’s International Mango Festival.
Last year, a fellow blogger questioned my spending $20 to go see mangos during mango season. In these difficult times, $20 might be hard to spend, but some mango lovers may not mind. Plus I really like Fairchild. If you plan to attend, here are a few tips based on my experience last year.
- Go early – the less scorching the sun, the better. We made the mistake of arriving close to noon and were drenched (in sweat) and grumpy 5 minutes later.
- Bring sunscreen and/or a big hat – No matter how early you arrive, you’ll likely still catch some rays.
- Attend the cooking demos – Two words: air conditioning. That aside, you’ll take away some good mango recipes and if you’re lucky, a little taste of the final product.
- Go on Saturday – So you can catch the mango tastings and evaluations of Fairchild’s top 10 cultivars. After all, the whole point of a mango festival is to try the mangos, right? Note: it costs $1 extra per person and runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
- Don’t expect much from the vendors – Last year, we didn’t find much food that blew our minds and it wasn’t cheap as in most festivals. Hopefully this year we’ll have more options.
On a side note, the Mango Brunch on Sunday looks like fun but at a hefty $100 I’m not sure it’s something I’ll do. It features chefs Sean Bernal of Oceanaire, Allen Susser, John Suley of Joley, Sean Brasel of Touch, Erick Jones of Talula and Philippe Ruiz of Palme D’Or.
Admission is free for Fairchild Members.