Published on : Tuesday, August 12, 2014
The twin island of Antigua and Barbuda is known for its Beaches and Antigua Black Pineapple, but on August 10th the king of tropical fruit, Mango, will be in the spotlight at the Christian Valley Annual Mango Festival at the Christian Valley Agricultural Station.
This year’s fest is hosted by The Ministry of Agriculture Lands Fisheries and Barbuda Affairs and The Ministry of Tourism.
Sweet, juicy, versatile and delicious mangoes of every size and type will be the focus of Antigua and Barbuda’s ninth annual Mango Festival, which will be held on August 10th. The Mango Festival offers every imaginable mango-made delight, from soaps and preserves to candles and wine. A mango market, mango products, exhibitions, culinary cook off finals, children’s activities, games, mango-eating competitions, tours of the nature trails and other entertainment will be available at the festival.
The Festival also promotes economic opportunities through the sustainable use of the mango, and educates participants on the many benefits of the much-loved fruit.
Known as the “king of fruit” throughout the world, mangoes were brought to the West Indies by Portuguese traders. In some cultures, the mango tree is a symbol of love, and the fruit is known to be bursting with flavor as well as protective nutrients including vitamin C and beta carotene.