Mango Festival Sweetens Summer
June 29, 2017
If mangoes make you go “mmm” you won’t want to miss Puerto Vallarta’s first Mango Festival, taking place on Saturday, July 1st from 4 to 9pm at Plaza Lazaro Cardenas. Local restaurants and vendors will be serving up the sweet, juicy fruit in various forms to celebrate summer and raise money for the Vista Hermosa playground. Expect to taste lots of mango cobbler, a widely appreciated dessert in the region.
In addition to mangoes, the festival will feature live entertainment beginning at 4pm with performances from the Huicholes Family, Doris Jauregui, Los Polvitos, Xiutla and Tequila Rush.
Mangoes were introduced to Mexico from the Philippines in 1775 as part of the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade route which brought several commodities including porcelain, silk, ivory and spices from China to Mexico in exchange for New World silver.
The Mexican mango season starts in the spring in the state of Chiapas with the Honey Manila variety. As the spring and summer months progress, the mangoes begin to come from the northern regions. Hadens and Tommy Atkins mangoes stem from Guerrero, Michoacán, Jalisco, and Nayarit. In the mid- to late-summer months the Kent variety becomes available out of the state of Sinaloa. The final variety of the season is the Keitt variety.