KOCHI: Hibi Eden MLA inaugurated the ‘Mango Festival-2014’ at Marine Drive Helipad Ground here on Thursday. The festival showcases over 50 mango varieties from different states of India and other countries.
The varieties in diplay include Banganappalli, Alphonsa, Malgoa, Thottapuri, Kalluketty, Kesar, Rumani, Bombay Green, Himasagar, Rajapuri, Badami, Himayudhein, Olor, Safeda, Raspunia, Mallika, Himayath, Amarapali, Chakkarakkutty, Puri, red sparkle and Suvarnarekha. The main attraction of the festival is a food court exclusively for mango juice, bhaji and payasam. The organisers said that organic mangos are being used at the festival. Unlike other festivals, this time mangos are displayed at an open space.
Spectators can buy mangoes at a cheaper rate. The entry fee for the festival is `20 for children and `30 for others.
As part of the fest, cultural programmes will be staged in the evenings. The festival will conclude on June 1.
Star Entertainment and Metro Eventmakers are the organisers of the mango festival.