Tue, 26 May 2015. Last updated Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:07
On May 21, a press conference on the festival was held with the participations of representatives of Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and Suoi Tien Cultural Tourist JSC. Southern Fruit Festival is an annual event of the city to honor the achievement of farmers, and unique art of shaping by fruit; at the same time, the event contributes to the preserve and bringing Vietnam national cultural identity into play. Serving the entertainment of visitors, there is a fruit parade lasting for 3 times per day, and art performance during Southern Fruit Festival in Ho Chi Minh City.
Being one of the biggest fruit festivals in Vietnam, Southern Fruit Festival have many outstanding programs. The opening ceremony will be combined with fruit fashion parades, parades of foreign art troops, and carnival with fruit... However, the most awaited at annual festival as well as Southern Fruit Festival 2015 is still floating market fruit and craft villages' products. This is the chance for demonstration and sale of specialty fruit growers from 21 provinces and cities, also for tourists coming to Suoi Tien in three summer months (from 30/5 to 2/9). Hundreds of famous fruit are sold with the prices discounted 20% to 30% compared market' rate. In the framework of the market, there is an exhibition showing all kinds of fruit gaining prizes over competitions, or reach the standards of VietGap, Global Gap, domestic and international collections of giant fruit and precious fruit...
Mr. Huynh Dong Tuan, Deputy General Director of Suoi Tien Cultural Park said that, the highlight of the festival this year is "Fruit Floating Market" with 50 booths as boats carrying fruits of all kinds. There are about 150 fruit types with famous brands such as Nam Roi grapefruit in Vinh Long, Hoang Hau dragon fruit, Luc Ngan lychee, Cai Mon Ben Tre durian... introduced to visitors. Specifically, visitors will have a discount of 20-40%. In addition, there are many diverse activities such as collection of strange, rare and giant fruit, the 7th competition of good and safe southern fruit, art shaping by fruit, 30 dishes from fruit, fruit parade, international art performance, and photography contest "Suoi Tien Colors". This year's festival will have the following main activities such as Fruit Floating Market with about 50 booths of 150 fruit types, 20-40% cheaper than the current market. It is expected that in the festival, there is the exhibition of strange fruit and giant fruit such as Buddha's hand fruit, purple longan, purple mango, purple kohlrabi, purple corn, black tomato, red peanut... Besides, there are giant fruit such as squash of 25kg, coconut of 10kg, grapefruit of 4kg, orange of 1kg... They are collected from different areas in the country.
In addition, coming to one of the most interesting festivals in Ho Chi Minh City, visitors will have a chance to enjoy many interesting activities such as joining the outstanding art performance of many countries in the world. To make the festival more diverse and attractive, the organizing committee will arrange seven art troops from India, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos taking part in the performance. These delegations will exchange and perform typical dances of each country. In 2014, Southern Fruit Festival was held in Suoi Tien Cultural Park, attracted about 1 million visitors coming to visit and shop.