A mango eating competition for women, a magic show and a quiz were some of the highlights of the second day of the 24 Mango Festival at the Pitampura Dilli Haat on Saturday.

The three-day event has brought before the visitors over 500 varieties of the king of fruits.

The event is also providing a unique glimpse into the various products made from mango across the country.

A number of manufacturers of mango-based products like pickles, chutney, pans, juices, jellies, aam papads and jams are also displaying their products.

As for mango growers and horticulturists, the festival has accorded them an opportunity to exhibit their produce which ranges from the desi delicacies like the Husnara or the Zagarn to the exotic imports.

Sameer Zaidi, who is the proud owner of an orchard of the Dasehari mangoes, said: “I am really delighted after participating in the festival and showcasing the produce of my orchard. It’s my first time at any festival and I definitely hope I will get a chance to be a part of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations next year.”

Also on display at the festival are some of the rare varieties of mango like Sirki, Suwarn, Jahangir, Neeleshwari, Royal SP, Raddy Pasand, Himasagar, Kensington, Amrapali and Mallika, Neelam, Fazli, Banganpalli and Dushehari, Langra, Alphonso, Kesar, Tota Pari, Vanraj, Lallu, Laila and Majnu.

Delhi Tourism, which has organised the event, has also thrown in a number of interesting contests to attract visitors and to make their stay at the venue more enjoyable.

Some activities to watch out for during the festival included a mango-eating competition for women where participants were given 3 kg of mangoes and told to consume their pulp within three minutes.

There were other attractions too like a mango quiz and cultural performances during the day.

On Sunday, the last day of the festival, the visitors can look forward to a mango-eating competition for men and a magic show.

Open to the public from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., the festival is free for children below the age of 12 while for tickets for adults have been priced at Rs.10.

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