NEW DELHI

Mango festival off to a flying start

A difficult choice: Visitors admiring the luscious varieties of mangoes on display during the 19th Mango Festival organised by Delhi Tourism Development Corporation at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium in New Delhi on Saturday.

A difficult choice: Visitors admiring the luscious varieties of mangoes on display during the 19th Mango Festival organised by Delhi Tourism Development Corporation at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium in New Delhi on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: Photo: V. Sudershan

Staff Reporter

The two-day festival offers loads of fun including mango eating competitions, quiz, culinary contest

NEW DELHI: The two-day 19th Mango Festival organised by Delhi Tourism opened at Talkatora Stadium here on Saturday. The first day of the festival registered around 10,000 footfalls.

Prominent mango growers from different parts of the country are participating in the festival. Around 500 varieties of mangoes including “kesar”, “banganpalli”, “totapari”, “safeda”, “neelam”, “fazli”, “mallika”, “dusheri”, “malda”, “amrapali”, “langra”, “chausa” and “rataul” are being showcased at the festival.

Apart from providing an opportunity for visitors to savour the mangoes, the festival also offers package deal of fun for adults and children. A mango eating competition for women and men, mango quiz, mango culinary contest, fruit and vegetable carving demonstrations and cultural programme are some of the highlights of the two-day festival.

The first day of the festival featured a mango eating competition by women which attracted a lot of enthusiastic participation. Each participant was given three kilos of mangoes to eat in three minutes. The evening saw a “quawwali” performance by artistes from the Urdu Academy and a cultural programme by the group “Creations”.

The concluding day will have a magic show and cultural programme by artistes from the Punjabi Academy. There will also be a mango eating competition for men and a prize distribution ceremony for winners in the competitive categories.

The festival is being organised by Delhi Tourism in collaboration with Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), National Horticulture Board and Dabur.

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