Brightly coloured, delicious, dripping, exotic, flavourful, fleshy, fruity, healthy, juicy, mouth-watering, nutritious, sweet, decadent, tropical, tasty, refreshing…..
Can you guess what we are talking about?
Yes you got it right “MANGOES”. SWEET SWEET MANGOES!
It is mango galore in Antigua right now and every corner you turn you are sure to see a road side stall with their colourful offerings as mango season runs through to the end of summer. During this bountiful season The Christian Valley Agriculture Station hosts the annual Mango Festival. The festival was launched a seven years ago to promote the utilization of the local fruit from the farmers by the hotels and restaurants.
Much anticipated by locals as well as visitors alike this year’s festival is scheduled for 18-19th of August, 2012. There are many planned activities and workshops for all to enjoy:
- Budding and grafting workshop
- Tours of the nature trails
- Local featured fength film: “The Sweetest Mango”
- Storytelling and live entertainment
- Fruits, plants and book sale
- Sales of agro-processed products and agro-processors competition
- Local food delight stalls
One of the main highlights of the Mango Festival is the Mango/Pineapple Culinary Competition which was held on June 16th and 17th with our very own Chef Hodge as a judge. No stranger to the Mango Festival Chef Hodge has judged the Chef’s Competition of the event in 2007, 2008 and 2010. This competition is opened to professional chefs and bartenders allowing them to showcase creative dishes and drinks with the fruits.
If you remember a few weeks back we featured a post on Chef Hodge and he had shared with us his adventure to find some mangoes to prepare a lobster and mango dish for a pregnant guest (read more).
Do remember you can always enjoy Chef Hodge’s delights at the Bay House Restaurant every day with our ALL DAY BREAKFAST option, fine a-la-carte lunch and dinner menu or join us for delectable Sunday Carvery, call us NOW +1(268) 462-1223 to make a reservation.