The High Commission for Pakistan in Canberra organized the first-ever Pakistan Mango Festival on 25 June 2022. The Mango Festival was a part of the celebrations marking 75 years of independence of Pakistan as well as the 75 years of establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Australia.
The Festival was attended by more than 5000 people (Five thousand) including Australian officials, diplomats, Canberrans and members of the Pakistani community from all over Australia.
Different varieties of Pakistani mangoes were displayed on the stalls during the Festival. Furthermore, A wide range of mango products, Pakistani herbs and spices, leather products, sports goods and traditional Pakistani arts and crafts were also displayed.
The visitors were served serval fresh Pakistani mangoes, mango shakes and juices, tea, coffee, and traditional Pakistani street food. A number of activities were also arranged for the children, including a jumping castle, face-painting, popcorn, and cotton candy machines etc.
The High Commissioner spoke about the importance of the cake-cutting ceremony as part of the celebrations marking 75 years of Pakistan’s independence and the establishment of Pakistan-Australia diplomatic ties.
Moreover, He also mentioned the different varieties of Pakistani mangoes and the more than 4,000 years old history of growing mangoes in areas that today form Pakistan. The event was attended by senior officials from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), diplomats and other guests.
The visitors were very pleased with the Pakistani mangoes for their distinctive smell, flavor, and sweetness. They thanked the High Commission for putting on the first-ever Mango Festival in Australia’s capital Canberra and for its traditional hospitality.
This Festival will help increase awareness of Pakistani mangoes in the Australian market. The High Commission is collaborating with the local government to make the Pakistan Mango Festival a regular occurrence in Canberra’s cultural landscape.