It was all about the mango at the Trinidad & Tobago Mango Festival on Sunday, July 7th — mango wine, mango chow, mango kutchela, mango jam, mango pone, mango ice cream, mango body products and more.
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Organised by the Network of Rural Women Producers – Trinidad & Tobago in collaboration with UWI, the Ministry of Food Production and other government ministries, the Mango Festival is in its fifth year and by all accounts is bigger and better every year. This year the crowd was thinner probably due to the rain on Sunday, but folks turned out throughout the day to taste sweet juicy mangos and mango-infused goodies.
Mango products on display ranged from utilitarian mango chows and preserved mango treats along with mango soaps, body scrubs (created from mango sugar) and lotions. Some of the tastiest and most creative treats at this year’s festival were the homemade mango pone, mango kurma and a mango upside down cake.
And of course, locally grown mangos were out in all their glory including the people’s perennial favourite the Julie mango, as well as Dou Dou, Graham, Starch and Cutlass mangos. We left the festival with a bag full of Julie and Starch mangos, mango chow to snack on in the car, two jars of mango ginger marmalade, and a multi-purpose mango sweet sauce from Modern Equator that we can’t wait to drizzle on our pancakes.