The 30th Mango Festival once again brought together thousands of people and their love for mangoes! The three day festival was a refreshing delight for Delhiites, who gathered to see more than 500 varieties of mangoes from the Northern parts of India. The excitement on the last day of 30th mango Festival doubled with the Mango Eating Competition which drew extensive participation from the folks.
The competition filled the crowd with a lot of buzz and thrill. The three day festival drew crowd more than 30,000 people from all parts of the city. The festival showcased several varieties of mangoes in different sizes, colours and shapes. The wide range of rare and hybrid varieties of the fruit on display included Mallika, Aplhons, Laxman Bhog, Raja, Sheela, Katreena, Himsagar, Ramkela, Jardalu, Sehri, Alphanso, Toffee Mango, Shimla Mirch and many more assorted varieties. Large crowds were seen throughout the last day with people making long queues, waiting for their turn to have a glimpse of the magnificent display of mangoes.
Highlight of the festival remained two main variety of mangoes names ‘Arvind’ and ‘Sisodia’.
Also, the 30th Mango Festival provided a plethora of delights for adults and children alike apart from the opportunity to get acquainted with myriad varieties of mangoes that have marked a journey all the way from the orchards of Northern India to Dilli Haat, Janakpuri. There was sale of fresh mangoes, mango quiz and slogan writing contest, magic shows and cultural programs among other activities. Bands Like Kitaab, Swarism, Urooj, Metrocity, Sohail Live and Peprico enchanted the crowds with their soulful performances.
The festival was inaugurated by Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister, Govt of Delhi on 6th July, 2018 in the presence of Dr Dilraj Kaur, Secretary Tourism, Govt of Delhi; Shurbir Singh, Managing Director & CEO, Delhi Tourism and Transportation Corporation Ltd. (DTTDC) and CM. Arvind, General Manager, Delhi Tourism.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Sisodia said, “Delhi Government has been organising this festival for the past 30 years and it is a great way to know more about the King of Fruits- Mangoes. The enthusiasm of people towards the exhibition as well as the competitions showcases their love for this fruit. I am sure the next two days will be equally engaging with other activities and cultural programmes.”
As summers and mangoes go hand in hand, the Mango Festival is a great way to make Delhi’s sweltry summers lusciously endurable. In the course of time, the festival has become one of the major and the most awaited cultural events of Delhi, drawing thousands of visitors every year. Having shifted venues a couple of times, from Talkatora Stadium, Ashoka Hotel, Pragati Maidan to Dilli Haat, Pitampura, the three day festival has been a favourite among the Delhiites.
The Mango Festival aims to showcase the specialties of mangoes from different states of India. A total number of 13 farmers along with 9 government horticulture departments and agriculture institutes have participated in the event. The farmers from across the country including West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh have come together to display traditional, hybrid and unique varieties of Mangoes. The exhibition at the festival also offers sale of processed mango items including products like pickles, jam, chutney, mango pulp, mango juice, jelly, aampapad, and aam panna.
Jatinder Batra, a resident of Punjab who was witnessing the event for the first time stated, “It is unbelievable to see so many varieties of mangoes. It is surely favorite among everyone. This year’s Mango festival is a must-visit fair, as visitors will be able to witness various varieties of mangoes under one roof,” he said.
Similarly, Tonje was visiting the festival with her family from Norway. She stated, “It is a lovely festival organized by the government. We enjoyed the mango display while gaining more knowledge about the fruit. The cultural activities were equally engaging and we thoroughly enjoyed it.”