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St. Lucia's Jade Mountain Resort celebrates its 3rd annual
Mango Madness Festival June 11-15, 2010.
"1001 Things To Do With Mangos Before You Die"

The Mango Festival in St. Lucia, June 11-15 is hosted by Jade Mountain's consulting chef, James Beard award winner Allen Susser and his team. Allen Susser is the author of The Great Mango Book and the definite authority on this remarkable fruit. During the Mango Madness Festival, Chef Allen will explore the versatile and delicious local fruits and ingredients growing right in the resort's backyard. "On St. Lucia, each mango offers a different flavor, texture and color. Each dictates its own culinary destination," comments Susser.

The event will start on Friday June 11th with the Mad Mad Mango cocktail party from 6:30 -7:30 pm in the Jade Mountain Club. Jade Mountain guests will be able to experience tropical Mango cocktails including the resort’s 30 pound infused mango – Mangotini and the equally memorable St Lucian Rum Mango Mojito. Chef Allen Susser and Chef Jonathan Dearden will host an Interactive Mango display to tantalize everyone’s taste buds.

Saturday June 12th guests will be treated to a Mango Tour of Nick Troubetzkoy’s Emerald Gardens; the visit will be hosted by consulting Chef Allen Susser from 9:00- 11:00 a.m. Guests get to see first hand Jade Mountain’s cuisine concept; "From the Farm to the Plate." The visit will end with a tropical snack and more mangos on the back porch of the farmhouse.

In the late afternoon at 4 p.m., guests can participate in Chef Allen’s " Mangos Rule! " cooking class in the Jade Mountain Club: Chef Allen will share his vision of cooking with Mangos in a live interactive cooking demonstration: Recipes and Tasting will be included.

Saturday night is titled the "Night of 1001 Mangos" in the Jade Mountain Club;– expect a five-course spectacular Mango dinner…a seasonal and sustainable menu matched with wines.

Sunday, June 13 is a day of rest and tranquility. The breakfast menu for Sunday features seasonal exotic fruits, Mangos, freshly baked breads, artesian cheeses and freshly brewed St Lucian native coffee or loose-leaf teas.

On Monday June 13th, Jade Mountain guests can partake in a special lunch at the Jungle Grill on the Anse Mamin Beach: Take the resort water taxi over and enjoy a leisurely lunch grilled under the palm and mango trees.

At 1.45 p.m., the resort estate guide Meno offers a tour the Anse Mamin plantation. The 18th century Anse Mamin plantation was originally a sugarcane plantation until changing hands turned towards cocoa plants. The cocoa plants are still numerous, but there are now turmeric, cashews, tamarind, mango, avocado, oranges, tangerines, guavas, papaya, coconut, breadfruit, yams and sweet potatoes and of course mango trees.

Back at Jade Mountain Club, Monday evening will bring the Mango Madness cocktail party 6:30 – 7:00 with Mango cocktails and Hors d’Oeurves that reflect the wonderful flavors of 1001 mangos.

On Tuesday June 15th Mango Madness will come to an end with the Mango Cooking class from 5:30pm located in the Jade Club Lounge. This interactive cooking class is hosted by Executive Chef Jonathan Dearden.

Allen Susser personal culinary viewpoint has been established since 1986 upon opening his groundbreaking Miami restaurant Chef Allen's. The New York Times called Allen the "Ponce De Leon of New Florida cooking". Chef Allen's New World Cuisine is fresh and flavorful, like a tropical vacation on a plate. His vision of what the future holds is a culinary fusion of cultures that share similar landscapes, tropical ingredients and diverse spices.

After Mango Madness, Jade Mountain will host two more culinary events this year: October 9,10,11 - Spices of the Caribbean and December 10,11,12 - Discover Chocolate Festival.

Along with the mangos, you will experience Jade Mountain which rises majestically above the 600 acre beach front resort of Anse Chastanet. It is a cornucopia of organic architecture celebrating St Lucia’s stunning scenic beauty. The bold architectural design – individual bridges leading to exceptional infinity pool sanctuaries and rugged stoned-faced columns reaching towards the sky – makes Jade Mountain one of the Caribbean’s most mesmerizing resort experiences.

Wrapped around an infinity pool with a dazzling kaleidoscope of colors, the Jade Mountain Club caters exclusively to resident guests, celebrating James Beard Award winner Chef Allen Susser’s "Jade Cuisine." Hovering in space above the Jade Mountain Club is the Celestial Terrace, perfect for sunset cocktails or star-gazing.

Rates this summer are US $900 / $1,150 / $1,350 / $1,650 / $1,950 (June 1 – October 31, 2010) in the Sky, Star, Moon, Sun and Galaxy categories respectively , subject to 10% service charge and 8% government tax.

Book before June 30 and receive a 4th night free in categories sky, star and moon for Travel July 1- Oct 3, 2010.

To learn more about Jade Mountain, visit http://www.jademountain.com
Or call Tel 1-800-223-1108.

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