Redland Summer Fruit Festival
Tropical Fruit Fiesta
at Grimal Grove
Sat.-Sun, July 11-12 • 9:30am-4:30pm • Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables • $25 adults, $18 seniors 65 and older, $12 children 6-17, under 6 free
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
This two-day affair is the granddaddy of South Florida’s tropical fruit festivals, celebrating the mango, considered by many to be the king of all fruits. This year honors the colorful mangos of Jamaica, including the exquisite ‘Julie’ and the spicy ‘Blackie’, plus hundreds of other varieties, all grown in South Florida. Festival highlights include:
- Tree sales, including ‘Julie’, ‘Blackie’, ‘Bombay’ and ‘East Indian’ (Jamaica); ‘Emerald’, ‘Angie’, ‘Rosigold’, and ‘Cogshall’ (Florida); ‘Graham’ (Trinidad); ‘Fairchild’ (Panama); ‘Mallika’ (India); ‘Manilita’ (Mexico) and ‘Nam Doc Mai’ (Thailand).
- Lectures on mangos and their care from experts including Dr. Richard Campbell, Fairchild’s director of horticulture (and our Sustainable Living columnist) and Dr. Noris Ledesma, curator of tropical fruit.
- Chef demonstrations using mangos, fruit tastings and a fruit market
- Mango Brunch (Sun., 11am-1pm), featuring chefs Kareem Anguin of The Oceanaire, Jimmy Carey of Jimmy’z Kitchen, Cindy Hutson of Ortanique on the Mile, Frank and Andrea Randazzo of Creative Tastes Catering, Allen Susser of the Cafe at Books and Books, and Kris Wessel of Oolite Restaurant and Bar. Brunch tickets are $125 for the general public and are available here.
- The Mango Auction (Sun., 2pm), an absolute must-see event. Mango expert Campbell manages to describe each variety in such lavish detail that aficionados sometimes pay upward of $100 for a plate of their favorite cultivar. It’s so much fun watching the mango frenzy, you may find yourself in a bidding war for a prized plate of Alphonse fruits.