Mangoes in the spotlight

If you love what some say is the most popularly eaten fruit in the world — the mango — and you enjoy trying different varieties of mangoes, Colorfield Farms is the place to be this weekend.

That's because Colorfield is hosting its first mango festival.

Mangoes make me think of sunny, carefree days more than any other fruit. As we took our time sampling the more than a dozen kinds of mangoes, we were surrounded by the beat of lively calypso music.

We sat under a giant oak draped with Spanish moss. A gentle breeze cooled off the otherwise hot day as mango aficionado and farm co-owner Robert Conkey spoke about mangoes, A to Z.

I tried an icy mango slushie — a fruity, tangy, just-sweet-enough drink that combined all of the different kinds of mangoes Colorfield Farms grows. I thought, "These would REALLY be good with a little rum added."

The festival continues from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow, if you'd like to try one.

Colorfield Farms, Inc.
8221 State Road 674
Wimauma, FL
(813) 833-2545

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