Northwood Village’s Mango & Music Fest Celebrates the “King of Fruits”

JUNE 26 & 27 — Northwood Village

Originated in India over 4,000 years ago, mangoes — believe it or not — are relatives of cashews and pistachios. The first instance of their introduction in the state of Florida was at Cape Sable in 1833. Locally grown varieties are available in late June/early July through October.

In comes Northwood Village, one of the oldest neighborhoods in West Palm Beach, with its inaugural Mango & Music Festival taking place June 26 & 27.  It turns out that Northwood Village has a rich history of mango cultivation, and features a great number of mango trees.

“In the late 1800’s, the nation’s first fruit-bearing West Indian mango tree was planted at the Gale house located at 401 29th Street in Northwood. Reverend Elbridge Gale, a minister and professor of horticulture, called his home Mangonia because of his success in raising imported mangoes.”

The free festival aims to celebrate this sweet, juicy fruit with a mango showcase featuring chefs from O-BO, Table 427 and Bistro Bistro, a variety of mango infused food and beverages, a community mango recipe contest and an assortment of vendors showcasing their unique products. Also featured will be musical performances by local bands Mixed Culture, Moska Project and Jimmy Stowe & the Stowaways.

Be sure to walk around and explore (maybe even stop by Bohemia AG for their goat cheese gelato).

Mangoes
Photo credit: Omar Chatriwala

Mango Drive

Northwood Greenlife is collecting surplus mangoes to donate to the Palm Beach County Food Bank. The mango drive will be held during — as well as prior to — the event. Donations will be accepted at the Village Greens Community Garden located at 441 25th Street, between 9am and noon.

Craving even more mangoes?

Head down to 23rd Annual International Mango Festival (July 11 & 12) at Fairchild Botanical Garden where you’ll find a variety of mango trees for sale, a fruit market, cooking demos, and more. Still craving? June 13, the Fruit & Spice Park will host their Summer Fruit Festival from 10am to 5pm.

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