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Delhi Mango Festival: How many mangoes can you eat at a go?

The ‘King of Fruits’ is back! The 28th edition of the Delhi Mango Festival, now called the Delhi Summer Festival, will showcase around 400 varieties of mangoes. Other than this, guests can look forward to a slew of cultural programmes, including culinary demonstrations and magic shows

more lifestyle Updated: Jun 24, 2016 20:19 IST
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Delhi Mango Festival

People check varieties of mangoes displayed at the Mango Festival at Dilli Haat.(Arun Sharma)

Summer is here, so can mango-binging be far behind? The season to gorge on those delicious varieties of mangoes such Chausa, Dussheri and Alphonso is back. Get ready to indulge in one of the biggest mango festivals in the city – the Delhi Summer Festival. Previously known as Delhi Mango Festival, this three-day extravaganza celebrates mangoes in all their fragrant and flavourful glory.

Talking about the event, Padmini Singla, MD and CEO, Delhi Tourism, says, “Delhi Summer Festival is sure to entice the tastebuds of foodies with various summer fruits, thirst quenchers, desserts, mango- based products and more.”

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The festival is a hit with locals as well as foreigners in the Capital. (Arun Sharma/HT Photo)

This year, the festival is celebrating its 28th edition, and is offering some new additions. “We have a new section that is titled, ‘100 hai daam, kitne bhi khaao aam’ (pay `100 and eat as many mangoes as you want). So within 20-25 minutes, guests can eat mangoes to their heart’s delight,” says Ashok Gupta, manager (events), Delhi Tourism. The festival will also host a mango-eating competition in separate categories for men and women, and participants can register on paying Rs 200.

The festival also gives a chance to mango growers to showcase, varieties of the fruit. (Arun Sharma/HT Photo)

Speaking about why they renamed the festival, Gupta explains, “We have renamed the festival as we wanted to go beyond mangoes and promote other summer fruits and drinks too.” The festival will showcase around 400 varieties of mangoes. Other attractions at the event will include cultural programmes, mango quiz competitions and a kids’ zone, besides having culinary demonstrations by chefs.

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Guests can avail of the free shuttle service that will be provided at the Tilak Nagar metro station. “The service will be available from Gate Number 3 of the station,” says Gupta.

What: Delhi Summer Festival
When: 24-26 June
Timings: 11am to 9pm
Where: Dilli Haat, Janak Puri
Nearest Metro Station: Tilak Nagar on Blue Line
Entry Fee to Dilli Haat: Rs. 15