Durian festival returns to Pak Chong for 2024 celebration

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The third annual Durian GI Festival Pakchong Khao Yai is set to place at the Nong Nam Daeng Subdistrict Administrative Organisation Office in Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima.

Nakhon Ratchasima Commerce Officer Jirasak Sriphet announced that the province, in collaboration with the Agricultural District Officer of Pak Chong, Bandit Koetmongkol, and the local durian farmers’ community, will host the festival.

The event is scheduled for three days, from tomorrow, June 26, to the end of the month, with activities kicking off at 3pm. Deputy Governor of Nakhon Ratchasima, Somkiat Wiriyakoolnan will preside over the opening ceremony, accompanied by District Chief of Pak Chong, Kanat Chanom Siri, and other prominent local figures.

This festival aims to promote high-quality GI-certified durians from Pak Chong Khao Yai, enhancing the income and quality of life for local farmers. The event will feature over 30 booths selling GI-certified fruits and other premium products.

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Visitors can enjoy a durian quality contest, a durian-eating competition, and the chance to sample the celebrated Pak Chong Khao Yai durians. These durians, which received their GI certification on April 18, 2022, are known for their unique quality, with a soft outer shell and smooth, non-pungent flesh due to the region’s favourable climate and rich soil.

Pak Chong Khao Yai durians are grown over an area exceeding 10,000 rai, with around 4,000 rai currently producing fruit. The region’s agricultural output includes 14 GI-certified products, the highest number in the country.

The durians are cultivated in various varieties, including Mon Thong, Long Lap Lae, Musang King, Black Thorn, Lin Lap Lae, Kan Yao, and other local strains. These fruits are renowned for their excellent taste and texture, making them a must-try for durian lovers.

Festival-goers can also expect awards and certificates to be presented to outstanding durian growers. The event not only celebrates the unique agricultural heritage of Pak Chong Khao Yai but also provides a platform for local farmers to showcase their produce, fostering a sense of community and shared pride in their work, reported KhaoSod.

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