abound at HCM City festival
Just in time to brighten
the summer holidays, visitors to HCM City will be treated to a colourful
exhibition of fruit from every corner of the country with the city’s fruit
festival, which kicks into gear on May 27 to June 4.
The annual South Fruit
Festival 2006 will open in the city’s Suoi Tien Park with a display of over 50
types of fruit, including dragon fruit, mangosteen, grapefruit, durian, longan,
and litchi, all Vietnamese specialities.
La Quoc Khanh, vice
director of HCM City’s Tourism Department, said that the festival was a chance
to introduce the amazing variety of Vietnamese fruit, and promised to be a great
tourism event for the city.
To open the festival,
organisers will launch a fruit float at Suoi Tien Park, with 100 performers
garbed in special themed constumes and four floats festooned with delicious
This year, the fruit fair
will host 30 orchard farmers and fruit processors from nine provinces
nationwide. The fair will run until August 31 and is forecast to sell more than
1,000 tonnes of fruit.
A contest at the event
will feature plastic fruit and decoration art, with over 80 artists already
registered to compete.
The festival will also
host lion dances, magicians, circus acts and traditional games for children.
Aside from that, the festival will introduce varieties of traditional foods and
drinks made from fruit – like coffee, tea, cakes and cocktails.
The festival is organised
by the HCM City Tourist Department and Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta provinces to
promote Vietnamese fruit and tourism, and attracts participants from
neighbouring countries. This year, the festival expects to shatter its record
for the number of visitors and the amount of fruit consumption. — VNS