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Semarang set for Durian Festival

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Tue, December 29, 2015 | 01:59 pm
Semarang set for Durian Festival Spike in popularity: Durian on sale in a market. The Central Java capital of Semarang is set to hold a two-day festival celebrating the polarizing fruit, which is native to Indonesia, on Jan. 23 and 24. (kompas.com/NazarNurdin) (kompas.com/NazarNurdin)

Spike in popularity: Durian on sale in a market. The Central Java capital of Semarang is set to hold a two-day festival celebrating the polarizing fruit, which is native to Indonesia, on Jan. 23 and 24. (kompas.com/NazarNurdin)

Fans of funky festivities and flavorsome fruits won'€™t want to miss the Durian Festival in Semarang, Central Java, on Jan. 23-24, which promises to be a riotous celebration of the infamous spiky fruit.

Held on Jatisari field in Mijen subdistrict, a regional retail center for durians, the festival will be open to the public and will feature a range of activities related to the fruit.

"There will be a whole gamut of durian delicacies available, as well as a traditional art parade," Mijen subdistrict head Ali Muhtar recently told kompas.com.

According to Ali, the first day of the festival will involve durian- and rambutan-eating competitions as well as contests including to find the best-quality durian and the most inventive culinary use of the fruit. Meanwhile, a parade of traditional kuda lumping (horse dancing) and drawing and coloring competitions will be held the next day.

"Visitors can eat as much as durian as they want to on the last day of the festival," said Ali, adding that type of durian that would be offered at the festival was a special breed that grew only in the Mijen area. (kes)(+)

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