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Food contest results announced for MangoMania Tropical Fruit Festival

August 2, 2017
Pine Island Eagle


Every year at MangoMania, the Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce features a variety of food contests that includes desserts, breads, jams, jellies, salsas, dressings and entrees.

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The professional dessert contest for Mango-Mania included pies, cakes and even ice cream all flavored with mango. Sandra Markowitz, proprietor of Heavenly Hostess Cheesecakes, won Professional Dessert 1st prize with her “Gold Rush Mango Cheesecake.”


"These contests offer the opportunity for professional and amateur chefs to show off their skills," Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jennifer Jennings said.

The contest winners were:

Mango Cookies/Desserts

1st place, Vicki Alan - Mango Upside Down Cake

Mango Breads

1st Place, Vicki Alan - Hawaiian Mango Bread;

2nd Place, Mango Sour Cream Bread

Mango Jams/Jellies

1st Place, Beth Smith - Double Mango Honey Pistachio Preserve

2nd Place, Jeff Ream Spicy Mango Spread

3rd Place, Paradise Gardens - Tropical Jam

Mango Dressing / Marinate

1st Place, Rod Duncan - Mango Jerk Hot Sauce

2nd Place, Paradise Gardens - Mango Hot Sauce

Mango Salsa / Relish / Chutney

1st Place, Rod Duncan - Spicy Mango Salsa

2nd Place, Paradise Gardens - Mango Chutney

Professional Dessert

1st Place, Heavenly Hostess Cheesecakes and Minis - Gold Rush Mango Cheesecake Mini

2nd Place, Island Ice Pops - Blackberry Mango Pop

3rd Place, Island Pops - Pineapple Mango Lime Pop

Professional Entre

1st Place, Olde Fish House Marina - Mullet Taco with Sweet Mango Sriracha

2nd Place, Weiner Dogs

3rd Place, Slider City - Pulled Pork with Mango Chutney Slider

"The purpose of MangoMania is to showcase all that Pine Island has to offer and to promote island growers and businesses," Jennings said. "We had over 120 vendors and a great turnout for this 21st annual Mango Mania."

This year's MangoMania was held July 15-16 at the German American Club on Pine Island Road in Cape Coral. For more information about the annual event, call the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce at 239-283-0888. The chamber office is at 3640 S.W. Pine Island Road.



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