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Saturday marked Cayman’s 2nd Annual Mango Festival!  Isn’t that exciting?

I couldn’t get to Lower Valley fast enough knowing what mangolicious treats waited at the Agriculture Grounds.  And what treats there were!

Mangoes are a staple ingredient in Caymanian cooking.  Besides being mouth-wateringly delicious, mangoes are an excellent source of vitamin A, C and potassium.  They’re also high in fiber.  As soon as we got into the back of the pavilion, we could smell the Mango Festival display where they were handing out the freebies.
There was mango ice cream, mango slices, mango cake, mango bread, mango bread pudding, mango chutney and mango juice.  I had two of everything.

But a tummy full of mangoes wasn’t the only thing I left with that morning.  After buying some mangoes, tomatoes and rosemary bread to take home, Clark Kent and I made a pit stop at Mr. Eden’s truck.

Mr. Eden grows sugar cane on his farm in Lower Valley.  Mmm…fresh cane juice!  It was fantastic.  Having satisfied my mango cravings with more mango than one human should probably consume, I was in far less of a hurry to drive back to town.  This gave me an opportunity to pull over in Savannah and snap a picture of one of my favorite parts of the island at the best time of year.

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42 Comments

  1. What a lovely day! I love mangoes, so I would have been in heaven…plus it looks really gorgeous there on the Cayman islands. The cane juice looks refreshing too. Would love to try it.

  2. It's mango madness & I love it! Have I mentioned I'm super envious of where you live?!

  3. I absolutely LOVE mangoes. I love them ripe and juicy and even when they are green and sour. I envy your mango feast! Also wish I could have a big cup of sugarcane juice. Next time ask Mr Eden to grind one little kumquats with the sugarcane. It will bring up the flavors, you won’t know what you’re tasting!

  4. Wow…Mango Festival! So cool to be able to try all those wonderful mango goodies. I would also love to have a glass of sugarcane juice. I have not had that in a long, long time.

  5. the last pic is super dreamy, mango festival..oh so jealous!! I spotted mango cookies I bet those were awesome!! fresh can juice oh I have not had that in forever, thanks for the snap!

    sweetlife

  6. Did you say MANGO BREAD PUDDING?!?!?!?!? Mango is seriously my favorite fruit… I think I would have felt like I died and went to heaven at this festival!

  7. A mango festival! Brilliant! I would have had two of everything as well. BTW – CSI is awesome. It is also science. Therefore, it is not sloth to watch it. Is is education;)

  8. cool festival and wow the flowers on the trees are so so pretty 🙂

  9. I have a ripe amgo sitteing on the counter; everything looks so tasty; I'll say it again…I'm jealous.
    Rita

  10. wow, so many ways of mango being presented and made into lovely food, my fav is mango too.

  11. wow Mango feast! The last snap looks really beautiful!

  12. I'm a little jealous right now! Fresh mangoes are one of my favorite summertime treats. Hope you're enjoying a few on this first day of summer!

  13. That sounds like my idea of heaven. Mangolicious indeed! Do you live in paradise? I'd have had two of everything too!

  14. The whole experience looks divine!

  15. WOW! That's a mangolicious adventure!! LUCKY!

  16. Great post! Love the photos!

  17. Your photos always make me wanna go on a vacation!
    I love the yogurt drink, mango lassi and I would have loved to try Mango Pepper sauce and the jam you had in the picture! That looks quite the spread!
    Need to make sure your island is on my vacation list!

  18. What, you have a mango annual festival now too?? You have the seafood, the sea, the vegggies, and now you have the fruits too! Awwww…you make Cayman sound more enviable and lovely than any other islands! You've got to stop telling us what other goodies your island has…nah, I was just joking about that…don't stop:D

  19. Hurray! My mango tree is producing ripe mangoes left and right! I'm always running out of inspiration on what to do with them. I loved this post… the Cayman Islands look spectacular! What a beautiful place!

  20. I love mangoes and all you had to say about them. I must however tell you that your last photo is really a delight. You are surrounded by beauty. I hope you have had a great day. Blessings…Mary

  21. You keep making me want to get back on a cruise ship with all these island treats and you make them look so inviting! Such a fun blog I enjoy coming here everytime!

  22. Mango festival?! My whole family will jump in the car and go if it's in California! Arrhhh this must be such a fun and YUMMY festival! I'm so envious! Did you have enough of mango? By the way what's the tree in the last picture…the orange flower looks so pretty and I've never seen anything like that. What a beautiful island….

  23. How can I get to this mango fest? Ha! 🙂

  24. sooo jealous of you! aren't mangoes the freaking best!!!! Great post and pictures! My Aunt who is from the Phillipines introduced them to me. She brought some back from her trip and I cant even tell you how amazing they were!!!

    Thank you so much for your sweet comments! I am thrilled you tried my recipe!! I hope you enjoyed it! Sorry I didnt post the mushrooms sooner for you! haha

  25. I adore mangoes. This sort of thing would be just my thing. Reason #3,901 why I'm jealous of where you live! 🙂

  26. Mango is my favorite fruit, I'm so happy it's in season!

  27. I nominate you as the official GOODWILL AMBASSADOR OF THE CAYMAN ISLANDS, this is an incredible post. You are going to single-handedly increase Cayman tourism by leaps and bounds. Congratulations, I'm so proud of you! Mrs. Herb Garden

  28. WOW, that last photo is breathtaking…you live in paradise! And what fun having all those mango goodies to sample…mmmmmmm.

  29. I love mango too! Those trees with the orange blossoms are BEAUTIFUL!

  30. hmmm mango festival makes me want mango everything too! gorgeous snap shot, what a mangolicious day.

  31. Okay, could you taunt us poor souls who live in the northeast any more??? Ack! I adore mangos and I would be at that festival in a flash if I could.

  32. I never hear about events like this till afterwards, I would have been there had I known!
    NOBODY loves mangos more than me! 🙂

  33. Glad you enjoyed your day-the Caymans looks like it has so much to offer in the way of food and fun. Nice post.

  34. Ok… I think I really need to plan a holiday in your area… so many great festivals and yummy food! I discovered late in life (in Italy mangoes are not that good… they don't grow locally, so the imported ones are never ripe enough and are always somewhat tart) but now I cannot live without! And sugar cane juice???? You are killing me!!! Ohhhhh I love that!!!

  35. A festival for mangoes? Sounds interesting. And fresh cane juice is awesome, I've been a long while since I had it.

  36. How lucky you are to live in such a beautiful place and a place where mangoes are abundant! This Indian girl is definitely jealous!

  37. Wish I was there! Love mangoes!
    Fresh sugar cane juice is a delight! Those trees are just perfect, so pretty and beautiful! The flowers are really striking with gorgeous colour! It's a pretty looking street!

  38. Wow, how much cane does it take to produce that much juice and is there anything else in it? It looks knockout!

  39. Looks awesome!! Has me wishing I was back in Cayman for a visit 🙂

  40. A whole festival for mangoes? Yum!

  41. I do love mangoes..but that last capture of your favourite part of the Island has got me orange with envy ;0)

    Have a wonderful week and thanks for sharing such an interesting post.

    Flavourful wishes,
    Claudia

  42. OHHHHH, it all looks SO glorious! Mangoes -yum, sugar -yum and those blossom trees are magnificent!
    Lovely
    Mary x

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