Thu, 15 May 2014. Last updated Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:41
Over 9 years, Southern Fruit Festival has become an annual cultural event which is the most awaited every summer in Ho Chi Minh City. It is also a special activity to honor agricultural achievements of Southern people in particular and Vietnamese in general, simultaneously, promote the image of Ho Chi Minh festivals to tourists around the world.
The opening ceremony of Southern Fruit Festival 2014 is expected to take place on June 1st 2014 at Suoi Tien Amusement Park (No. 120, Xa lo Hanoi Street, District 9). The festival will last for 7 days until June 8th 2014. It will have the participation of tourism companies, enterprises in area of import and export agricultural products, gardener artisans from 21 provinces of Vietnam, and consulates of United States, Japan, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Korea, India, and Malaysia…
Attending the festival, provinces across the country have brought their most famous fruit specialties. Participating in the festival, tourists will have the opportunity to visit fruit market with 50 workshops introducing a huge number of fruits of all kinds in Vietnam, namely, Royal pomelos and grapefruits of Vinh Long, dragon fruit or Pitaya of Long An, Luc Ngan lychee of Bac Giang, durian of Ben Tre, star apple of Sa Dec, sweet mango of Dong Thap, logan and seedless guava of Tien Giang, mangosteen and strawberry of Binh Duong, papaya of Binh Phuoc, grapefruit of Bien Hoa, red jackfruit and orange of Dong Nai, plum and peach of Sapa, plum of Lang Son, custard apple of Tay Ninh, and melon of Hau Giang.
At Southern Fruit Festival this year, the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Ho Chi Minh City will coordinate with Suoi Tien Amusement Park to organize the fifth Southern Delicious and Safe Fruit Contest. This is an activity aiming to encourage gardeners to apply scientific and technical advances to breeding. It is also an opportunity for farmers to seek and detect varieties of fruit, contributing to the diversification of Southern fruits. In the framework of the contest, besides 2 main parts which are delicious and safe fruit contest and strange fruits exhibition, there is a conference with the theme of exchanging and connecting the supply and demand in order to build a consumer channel for Southern fruit.
In addition, the festival will fascinate participants by several programs and artistic performances such as fruit fashion parade, fruit carnival, program of visual art with fruit, program of fruit stories for children, folk games, lotus exhibition, and fair introducing and selling products made from fruit. In particular, there will be a special program performing Don Ca Tai Tu, a kind of traditional Vietnamese music, to introduce and honor this unique art form which has recently been recognized as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO.