July 11th, 2008

Summer’s here, grab a mango

Fairchild Tropical Garden’s International Mango Festival logo

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Bring sunscreen and/or a big hat – No matter how early you arrive, you’ll likely still catch some rays.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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3 Responses to “Summer’s here, grab a mango”

  1. I love Mangos. I’m lucky to have a generous neighbor with a mango tree. I’ve made some great muffins and black bean mango salad. Have fun at the festival!

  2. Hey P! I’ll be there volunteering on Sat. Hope to see you at the fruit market.

  3. Mango festival at tropical-can you say retail nightmare-

    Whole foods should have just had a sale of mangos as the corporate sponsorship was rediculous. Why pay 23.00 for a fruit that I can pck for free???? common tropical you know better than that-if you need money start a capital campaign dont get a mega food complex to sponsor an event whereby they make money. Educate the pblic yes, exploit common…..maybe next year you;ll rethink event as can offer many suggestions as member of society as well as culinary consultant-think education as opposed to retail exploitation….

    chef Ian Wolinsky
    Culinary Convenience
    Miami Fla 33139

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