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Mango Festival to be juicier than ever

July 27, 2012 - Carla Tracy
P>This time of year, mangos are seducing island fruit lovers with their juicy goodness and fragrant aromas. Those heading to the Big island of Hawaii will find the colorful orbs celebrated July 28-29 at the fourth annual Mango Festival.

The weekend of fun at the Keauhou Beach Resort south of Kailua has been officially proclaimed as Hawai‘i Island Mango Festival Days by Hawai‘i County Mayor Billy Kenoi.

“The free family event offers entertainment, mango-themed displays, arts and crafts, mangolicious food and drinks, plus belly dancing workshops both days. Saturday’s fun also includes delicious culinary fun, horticulture activities and a panel discussion on Putting the Culture Back into Agriculture on the ocean lawn,” says event publicist Fern Gavelek.

“Foodie fun includes an amateur recipe contest. See what local residents are doing with mangos and cheer on your favorite entrants. After contest judging at 1 p.m. Saturday, attendees can sample entries—while they last. For recipe entry details, visit www.mangofest.org.”

“Hubert des Marais, executive chef at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i will provide tips on how to use mangos during a staged culinary demonstration at 2 p.m. Saturday. Chef Hubert recently moved to the Big Island from Africa and boasts more than 35 years in the hospitality industry spanning four continents.

“A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, des Marais is noted for his deliciously healthy food that is fresh, flavorful and truly inventive. He has been named one of ‘America’s Ten Best New Chefs’ by Food and Wine Magazine, has been featured on the Food Network and was among an elite group of chefs invited to cook for the James Beard Foundation Awards Gala. Don’t miss this stellar culinary event—cameras are welcome.”

Other highlights include horticulture exhibits, plant sales and free advice for green thumb wannabes. Enjoy live music and more.

 
 

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