Annual Agat fruit fest set to return May 26-28

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Photo courtesy of Agat Mayor's Office
Photo courtesy of Agat Mayor's Office

Annual Agat fruit fest set to return May 26-28

by: Takahiro Takiguchi | .
Stripes Guam | .
published: May 09, 2017
Agat Village has got a lovely bunch of mangos – and they will be showcased in all their splendor at the 11th Annual Agat Mango Festival on May 26-28.
 
We’re talking about a variety of Guam’s favorite fruit, ranging from piko mangos and banana mangos to Saipan mangos. There’s also a mango run, a biggest mango contest, as well as the crowning of the best mango dessert.
 
Mango season usually starts around March when mango trees begin bearing this island-favorite fruit, which starts off green and ripens into rich yellow, red or even golden orange colors by late May to early June.
 
The festival will allow visitors to see and taste a wide variety of different mangoes on the island, as well as different mango creations, including smoothies and doughnuts. 
 
Festivities actually kick off the week before the main event with the annual 2k/5k Mango Festival Run/Walk on May 20. The signup fee is $10 per runner and $35 for a family of four if you register before race day ($10/person on day of race). The first 350 finishers will win mangoes and t-shirts.
 
Then the following weekend brings three full days – from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday – of live entertainment by local talent, contests, giveaways, prizes, demonstrations and activities for young and old alike at Agat Village’s Sagan Bisita and adjacent community center.
 
You’ll see booths with the variety of mangoes grown in the village and throughout the island.  Individuals and groups will vie for the best mango display and mango vendor booth. The official judging and declaration of the island’s biggest –and the most bizarre – mango of 2017 also will take place.
 
There will be many other unique contests at the festival as well.
 
You can vie for being the person who eats the most ripe or spicy mangoes in the mango eating contest. In addition to entering your own culinary creations in the best mango dessert contest, you can pit the taste and presentation of your cooked dishes that use mango and other mystery ingredients against others in the chopped mango cook-off.
 
Spectators will be able to get in on the act by participating in workshops on such topics as pickling mangos, blending mango smoothies and making mango doughnuts. You’ll also see mango plants and a variety of tropical plants from various nurseries.
 
Agat farmers also produce a plethora of varieties: Hawaiian mangos, piko mangos, banana mangos, carabao mangos, apple mangos, Malaysian mangos, Saipan mangos and peach mangos, to name a few.
 
That doesn’t even include a near-infinite number of crossbreeds – many of which will be showcased, sold and/or available for sampling at the festival.
 
There’s no need to worry about parking too far from the event. Just look for the special golf carts that will be roaming the vicinity ferrying visitors to and from parking areas and the festival grounds. So don’t miss this opportunity to have a mango of a good time.
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