Mango-licious

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More than 150 people learned a few hundred things you can do with a mango on March 1 at the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History’s 10th annual Children & Parents Day event, which was held at the Historic Boynton Woman’s Club in Boynton Beach.

Each year the event provides an interactive experience with arts, crafts, history, education and activities. It also gives folks a chance to learn a new family recipe or two. With this year’s theme – Mango Fruit, National Nutrition Awareness Month – it was bound to be a sweet success.

“Three years ago the annual Children & Parents Day program evolved to include a culinary-arts component where each year a different food theme is selected that’s incorporated into all aspects of the event,” said Lori J. Durante, executive director and chief curator of the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History and Taste History Culinary Tours. Previous fruits have been the apple and pineapple.

The event was a literal feast for the senses with music, entertainment and an all-you-can-eat buffet.

“There were five different cuisines including a mango turkey slider,” Durante said. “One of the surprises was the Kingston Fresh grilled mangos with Blue Bell vanilla ice cream. Palermo’s Bakery created a mango and apricot pastry just for the event. Bonnie’s Best Bites baked a three-tiered mango cake [that was] absolutely delicious.”

This year’s event included five local artists – Julia Longwell, Barb Fernandez, Betty Wilson, Debra Robert and Tara Mal – who helped the participants create their own artwork.

A kid’s cooking demonstration with Bonnie Brown allowed everyone to get their hands dirty. After tasting the goodies, fitness expert Jennifer Penfield got the kids going with an exercise demonstration.

Other activities included souvenir photos under the mango tree, mango face painting and a mango magic show. Participants learned a lot from representatives and farmers from Promised Land Mango Farms and the Florida Farm Bureau Federation.

“Children & Parents Day is fun and engaging for all age groups,” said Durante. “It’s a one-day event that serves three generations in a family from the grandparents to the grandchildren.”

For more information about the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History, visit www.mlfhmuseum.org.

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