Mango lovers can celebrate the sweet, juicy fruit and its heritage in Key West Thursday through Sunday, June 23-26, during the island’s annual Mango Fest.
The event schedule includes photo and art competitions, a silent auction, a gala mango-themed brunch, and a Mango Mania Vendor Village.
Highlighting the schedule is the free-admission Vendor Village with booths featuring all things mango.
Festival goers can explore the village 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Key West’s Bayview Park, at 1320 Truman Ave.
Entries in the mango-themed art contest will be displayed at the village and also auctioned. The contest is open to everyone, and pieces must depict the mango in some form. Entries in the photo contest will be posted at www.mangofestkeywest.com/photo-contest, where fans can vote for favorites. Art contest entries also will appear there.
Festivities end following the “Everything Mango Brunch,” set for Sunday, June 26, at the Lost Kitchen Supper Club at 6810 Front St. on Stock Island.
According to Mango Fest organizers, a few surprise events, including a kickoff party are in the works. Check www.mangofestkeywest.com for updates.
Proceeds from the festival and its activities are to benefit the Key West Police Athletic League’s youth educational and sporting programs. ¦