St. Lucia’s Annual Mango Madness Festival & Night of the 1,000 Mangos

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If you’re a mango aficionado, start planning for next year if you miss this one.  The sixth annual Mango Madness Festival starts on June 7 at Jade Mountain on the Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia, running through June 11, 2013.

This year’s fest is hosted by James Beard award winning chef Allen Susser, the author of The Great Mango Book and said to be the definite authority on this fruit (10 varieties grow on the island).

Allen Susser, the definite authority on mangos, will host the event personally. The activities include a mango chutney work shop, mango cocktail party, Mango tasting and demonstration Mango Madness cooking class- the highlight being the “Night of 1000 Mangos” dinner at the Jade Mountain Club. Participants in the Mango Madness will join in mango field trips to the resort owned organic and historical plantations of Anse Mamin and Emerald. The farewell event will include a Mango Champagne Brunch served on the beach at Anse Mamin estate.

The Mango Madness Festival includes cooking classes, tastings, cocktail parties and (sigh!) a Night of the 1000 Mangos — a five-course dinner.

Their cocktail party will use Tropical Mango cocktails including use of a 30 pound infused mango – Mangotini, and their St Lucian Rum Mango Mojito. No joke but Chef Allen and Chef Jonathan will host an Interactive Mango display to tantalize your taste buds and senses to the flavors of paradise.

(Photo courtesy of Jade Mountain)