MANGO FESTIVAL CHANGE OF VENUEWednesday 22nd July 2015
Celebrating its 10 year anniversary with an impressive display of mangoes, the Antigua and Barbuda Mango Festival, will take place this Sunday and Monday at the Botanical Gardens in the vicinity of the Environment Division.
Organised by the Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Tourism and The Ministry of Agriculture, The Antigua and Barbuda Mango Festival will run from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. The festival will feature over 10 mango sellers, 7 agro-processors utilizing mangoes in pepper sauces, jams, and other products, and 20 or more vendors and mango eating competitions. There will be live music, hiking, mango plants on sale as well as a bounce castle and face painting for the children.
All the winners and participants in the Mango Pineapple Culinary Competition held earlier in July, will also receive their prizes and awards when the Mango Festival opens on Sunday.
“This year promises to be bigger and better than last year, said Caudley George, Chairman of the 2015 Mango Festival.
“Christian Valley is a hidden gem, and we are encouraging visitors in Antigua this summer to come out to this naturally beautiful location for a unique festival and truly local experience”, said George.
He noted that a number of additions have been made for the 2015 event, including running the festival on a weekday for the first time.
George said that with Carnival festivities occurring this weekend, visitors searching for a day time activity on Monday should embrace the Mango Festival.
“Invitations have also been extended to summer camps to bring their campers out on Monday to enjoy the festival as a field trip activity, and we have had an overwhelming amount of interest from camp counsellors.” Campers visiting the Mango Festival, will explore the mango orchards, participate in a variety of activities and learn about the linkages between agriculture and tourism.
For 2015, organisers have also re-introduced the agro-processing competition, for agro-processors marketing their products at the festival.
In addition to sampling mangoes at the festival, enjoying foods and ice-creams, there will be a variety of fruit trees from Christian Valley on sale, and a seminar on grafting.
A park and ride service will be in operation at the entrance to the venue, at a fee of EC$3.
Admission to the family-friendly event is free.
For more information visit: www.facebook.com/annualmangofest
To register as a vendor or summer camp contact: (268) 725- 3254
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