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Mango Mania at International Mango Fest This Weekend at Fairchild Gardens

The annual blow-out festival celebrating the mango, including the popular Sunday Mango Brunch, is this weekend at Fairchild Gardens in Miami.

Be very British and wear a raincoat - the only proper way to eat a mango - since there will be a vast variety of the tropical fruits representing those grown around the world available for tasting.

Area chefs will be there for cooking demos, including Allen Susser (Taste, Delray Beach and Chef Allen's, Miami), Mark Militello (at Trina, Ft. Lauderdale), and Michael Bennett (Bimini Boatyard, Ft. Lauderdale), as well as this season's Top  Chef contestant, Andrea Radazzo (Talula and the Water Club, Miami).

Noted Indian cookbook author and expert Madhur Jaffrey will be there as well for lectures and demos.

Events begin tomorrow, Friday, with a Culinary Conference day, $60 for guests.

Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., chefs and lecturers give demos and talks about mangoes; admission is $20 for adults and $15 for kids 6 to 17.

Sunday is the Mango Brunch at 11 a.m., with more than seven chefs participating (Susser and Militello also will cook for this). Tickets are $100 or $80 for Fairchild members.

For more information, call (305) 663-8058, or go to the Fairchild Garden web site to buy tickets online.

Maps and more for Fairchild Gardens are here.

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