Mandalay to host first mango and tea leaf fair

Maybe the mango and tea leaf growers can team up and participate in a competition for the best mango iced tea? Photo: WikiCommons / Vatsalkumar brahmbhatt

Do you like mango? Tea? Love mango and tea together? Then you might want to grab a flight or go on a road trip to Mandalay in a few weeks when the city holds the first mango and tea leaf fair.

Although Yangon is home to an annual mango exhibition, we would never say no to more mangoes; plus throw in some local tea, and we’re there. As the Myanmar Times reports, the fair will be held at the Mandalar Thiri football stadium from May 20 to 22 (that’s a weekend!) and will host 28 booths.

According to the Mandalay Region Mango Association, of the 200 mango species that are available in Myanmar, 196 are native to the country, all of which will be on display at the fair (yes, including everyone’s favorite Sein Ta Lone). Given that mango growers from Mandalay regularly beat out participants from other parts of the country in some fierce mango competitions, the mangoes on display there might just be that much better than the ones available here.

Sure, tea and mangoes sound like an odd combination, but hey, we love tea and we love mangoes, so no complaints here.

(Also, if you are attending but don’t want to look like a total noob, here’s our primer on the seven more famous types of Myanmar mangoes. You’re welcome.)

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