Mango Festival 2018 | Celebrate the fruit in all its forms

Diced, sliced, on a stick, or straight off the tree, there are so many ways to devour the (unofficial) fruit of Belize: Mango! You know us for throwing nutty festivals, sweet festivals, and fishy ones, too, so it’s no surprise we have the Mangu Festival every June in Hopkins, Stann Creek.

Mangu is the Garinagu word for mango.  The Garinagu are descendants from a mixture of Africans and native Caribbeans; every year they host the free two-day event in their lively town of Hopkins, hoping to promote their culture and unique cuisines.

Like other Belizean festivals, where there is live music, there is food and the Mango Fest is no exception. As you prepare to have the juicy, red-yellow fruit in all its forms, here’s what the festival will entail.

 

Mangu Festival Activities and Events:

June 2:

6 a.m. – Floyd Arana’s Fishing & Tours Dory Fishing Competition

10 a.m. – Jungle Jeanie’s by the Sea Yoga Session

10 a.m. – Music kicks off! Dunbei Yurueim

11a.m. – Hopkins Mangu Fest Kick-Off time

11:30 a.m. – Tropical Vibes

Noon – Traveller’s Drink Competition-Judges tasting

1 p.m.– Paranda Blues

1 p.m. – H.O.P.E. Egg Toss for youth leadership

2 p.m. – Griga Boyz

2 p.m. – Miss Bertie’s Hopkins Community Library Children’s Story Hour

2:45 p.m. – Announcement of the five finalists of the Traveller’s Drink Competition

3 p.m. – Dory Fishing Weigh-In

4 p.m. – Bredda David

4 p.m. – Dory Fishing Winners Announced

4 p.m. – Final round of the Traveller’s Drink Competition (finalists will make drinks in front of live audience)

5 p.m. – Lloyd Augustine

6 p.m. – MohoBob

7 p.m. – Pen Cayetano

8 p.m. – Hopkins Mangu Fest Ends, but not the fun. Go out in the community to enjoy more good food and live music throughout the village.

Sunday, June 3:

10 a.m. –  Jungle Jeanie’s by the Sea Yoga Session

10 a.m. – Dunbei Yurueim

10:30 a.m. – Hopkins Mangu Fest Cranks back up

11 a.m. – Benny’s Kayak Race

11 a.m. – LeBeha Drummers

11 a.m. – H.O.P.E Egg Toss for youth leadership

11:30 a.m. – Traveller’s Drinks Competition Winner Announced

1 p.m. – Sweet Pain

12 p.m. – Queen Bean & Lloyd Augustine Greasy Pole Contest

2 p.m. – C-Wills

3 p.m. – Hopkins Mangu Fest Ends.

 

 

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