The Mango Melee and Tropical Fruit Festival took place at the St. George Village Botanical Garden last Sunday. The crowds flocked to the grounds to celebrate St. Croix’s signature fruit, this was a great experience for vacationers staying in ST CROIX RENTALS.
David Hamada, the director of the botanical garden, was handing out samples of several mango varieties in tiny plastic cups.
Hamada said that the mango season this year was tough for many farmers, and overall it was harder for the festival to round up the dozens of varieties on display.
He added that today was not just a celebration of the fruit itself, but also of the “hard work and the creativity of the people who are growing them and using them.”
Joanna White, one of the event’s organizers, said the judges were looking for taste, presentation, use of mango, and creativity.
The highlight of the day, of course, was the mango eating competition. Event organizers began setting up the tables an hour early, and people immediately started picking out their spots on the lawn of the Great Hall.
Sandi Savage, president of the botanical garden, said the day had been a success and that she thought the turnout was especially good this year.