CAPE CORAL, Fl. - Mangos take center stage this weekend as Pine Island gears up for it's Annual Tropical Fruit Fair. It's Mango Mania!
Anything you can think of but all with a mango twist.
"Jams, jellies, chutneys, cookies, they are making a mango glazed grouper. I cant wait to try that," says Scarlett Player.
This weekend, thousands of people will head to the German American Social Club in Cape Coral to celebrate Pine Island's mango harvest.
"Just a way to bring awareness to Pine Island to bring awareness to the growers during harvest time to help them promote the fruit," Player adds.
"On Pine Island we raise close to 150 varieties of mangos," says Gary Schneider.
More than 50 of those took center stage at the festival giving folks a chance to taste a tropical fruit grown right in their back yard.
Gary Schneider with Fruitscapes and Pine Island Tropicals says this year has been a tough one for the fruit. Thanks to an abnormal winter, mango crops were down about a third.
"The fogs came in and that tends to put a little fungus and mold on the blooms and they fall off," he adds.
Despite that, there was no shortage of mango treats Saturday. The Mango Queen herself Scarlett Player says they're making sure this tradition continues for years to come.
"You can go home with a mango tree and next year have your own fruit to bring to the festival," she adds.
Saturday also featured live music and a pie eating contest. The festival continues Sunday at the German American Social Club. Things get started at 10 am.