Mango, the succulent, fleshy juicy and sweet fruit, is the King of all tropical fruits. It adds an extra nice flavor to the sultry summers. Eaten at various stages of ripening it makes an excellent ingredient for your pickles, summer coolers, marmalade, chutneys and shakes. The best way of eating, I feel, is the desi style by squeezing it, although a little messy. You can always have it as slices or cut in small cubes to avoid the mess.
Did you know – there are over 1365 varieties of mangoes cultivated all over the world and India alone grows over 1000 varieties of this fruit. What could be the best way to celebrate this versatile fruit than to have a festival dedicated to it. Yes! The Mango Festival. Every year the mango festival is celebrated in different parts of the country in the month of June-July. Nearer home the International Mango Festival is held every year in Delhi since its inception in 1987. The festival is organized by Delhi tourism and the Delhi government at Dilli Haat. Another festival is being held in Noida at Radisson Blu Hotel where an array of dishes are prepared giving them a twist of mango to honor this tropical fruit.
1. THE INTERNATIONAL MANGO FESTIVAL AT DILLI HAAT
The must visit festival of summer is held annually at Dilli Haat, Pitampura. The festival showcases over 400 varieties of mangoes from different states of the country. The fest will display some exceptional varieties such as Sirki, Suwarn, Neeleshwari, Royal SP, Raddy Pasand, Himasagar, Kensington, Neelam, Banganpalli, besides popular Dushehari, Langra, Alphonso, Kesar, Papitiyo, Tommy Atkins, Sensation and Nazuk Badan. Mangoes such as Abdullah, Ramkela, Aishwarya, Bombay Green from Kaleemullah Khan’s nursery. And one of the rare species of the fruit Gula by Tariq Mustafa from Purkazi in Muzaffarnagar.
One of the main attractions of the festival is the Mango eating competition. The festival provides agro-industries and food processing industries the opportunity to display their products. The idea is to give exposure to the domestic mango industry and exporters.
What: The International Mango Festival at Dilli Haat, Pitampura
When: June 30 – July 02, 2015
Where: Dilli Haat, Netaji Subhash Palace, Lala Jagat Narayan Marg, Pitampura, New Delhi
Phone: 011-27317663, 011-27310192
Nearest Metro: Netaji Subhash Place on Red Line
Timings: 11.00AM to 10.00PM
Tickets: 20 (Adult), 10 (Children)
Highlights: Mango Quiz, Mango eating competition, sale of fresh mangoes and processed fruits like pickles, chutney, mango pulp, juice, jelly, aam papad, jam and aam panna.You can binge on the fruit for free, can buy a small mango tree or can also buy wide varieties of mango in the festival.
2. 3rd BENGAL MANGO MELA AT DILLI HAAT, INA
The 3rd Edition of Bengal mango festival being held in Delhi to provide a memorable treat to the fruit connoisseurs of Delhi during the summer season. The exposition aims to promote the eclectic range of mangoes produced in West Bengal as Gulabkhas, Dilkhush, Amrapali, Langra, Fazli, Himsagar and Laxmanbhog, the last three having received the coveted registration under the Geographical Indication (GI) Index.
What: 3rd Bengal Mango Mela 2015 at Dilli Haat, INA Market
When: June 23 – July 05, 2015
Where: Dilli Haat – A Unit of Delhi Tourism, Opposite INA Market, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi
Phone: 91-11-4629365, 91-11-6119055
Nearest Metro: INA Metro Station on Yellow Line
Timings: 10.00AM to 10.00PM (all days open)
Tickets: 20 (Adult), 10 (Children)
Highlights: “Gambhira” mask dance of Malda district on June 27, “Bhatiyali Gaan” (songs of the river) on July 04, Traditional Folk music and dances at the amphitheater. Sale of handloom and handicrafts from Bengal – ‘Nakshi Kantha’ (traditional needle-craft) apparels, majestic Baluchari embroidered sarees, Shantiniketan embossed leather goods, terracotta costume jewellery, wooden masks and dolls, super-fine mats, hand-printed sarees, clay dolls, dokra craft, Bengali books. Stall from the Agriculture Marketing and Tourism Departments of West Bengal.
3. 27th MANGO FESTIVAL AT DILLI HAAT, JANAKPURI
The 27th International Mango Festival will be inaugurated by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at Dilli Haat. More than 600 varieties of mangoes will be showcased here with deshahri, mallika, chausa, aamrapali, langda, ramkela being the preferred choices. For this edition of the three day festival, the Delhi Tourism department has got 13 farmers and nine government institutions to showcase the variety of mangoes. The Festival is open for public and one can buy the fruit or the processed fruit such as mango pulp, mango jams, pickles, chutneys and other mango preserves.
What: 27th Mango Festival 2015 at Dilli Haat,Janakpuri
When: July 03 – July 05, 2015
Where: Dilli Haat, Janakpuri Road, Janakpuri, New Delhi
Nearest Metro: Janakpuri Metro Station on Blue Line
Timings: 11.00AM to 10.00PM (all days open)
Tickets: 10 (Adult), Free (Children)
Highlights: Quiz competition, mango eating competition, mango competition where the best variety of mango is judged, mango carving, mango tasting and many interesting activities for children such as shows and dances, art and slogan writing competition
2. AAM-E-KHAAS FESTIVAL AT S18, RADISSON BLU, NOIDA
A mango festival is already underway at Radisson Blu, MBD hotel, Noida. The scrumptious fruit festival is a mango lovers’ delight where the delicious tempting aromatic mangoes are prepared in new forms to spoil the lovers with an array of choices. S18, the twenty four seven brasserie and coffee shop, famous for its world cuisines and chic ambiance, has come with an innovative idea to tiltilate the palate of its customers and has curated varieties of mango preparation combined in an authentic festival ‘ Aam-e-Khas’.
A plethora of tasty dishes will be served during this festival which will surely be appreciated by one and all. These are all international flavours where mango has been beautifully infused to create such exotic dishes. Immerse yourself into the tempting mango extravaganza!
What: Aam-e-Khas Mango Festival at S18, Radisson Blu, Noida
When: June 15 – June 24, 2015
Where: S-18 – Radisson Blu, Radisson MBD Hotel, L2, Sector 18, Noida
Nearest Metro: Sector 18 Metro Station, Noida
Timings: Breakfast: 06:30AM-10:30AM Lunch: 12:30AM-03:30PM Dinner: 07:30PM-11:30PM Midnight: 12:30AM-03:00AM (Fri-Sat only)
Highlights: Some mouth watering and exotic mango dishes that has been created specially to woo the customers are the amazing Avacado with mango and salad greens, Fussili with artichoke and mango salad with basil vinaigrette, baked vegetable with mango, Lamb with mango papaya chutney and many more lip smacking soups, main course and desserts all made with mango with unique recipes.
Do not miss these great festivals dedicated to the King of Fruits.
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