Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Aiming to make durian fest in Bentong a major hit

Aiming to make durian fest in Bentong a major hit

With 50,000 visitors, both local and foreign, expected to hit Bentong this weekend for the Malaysia International Durian Cultural Tourism Festival, organisers are looking at ways to liven up their experience even more.

Malaysia Belt and Road Centre (Mbrace) chairman Datuk Seri Chuah Poh Khiang said the festival, which takes place on Nov 25 and 26, is aimed at introducing the King of Fruits and to highlight Bentong’s eco-tourism potential as well.

“As of now, many of the major details have been settled and we’re just going over some minor ones and briefings,” said Chuah, who had just hosted another meeting yesterday before speaking to the press on the event.

“It also won’t be just durians, as we have a host of other activities, such as musical events,” said Chuah.

With that many visitors, committee member and Pahang senator Datuk Hoh Khai Mun said the committee was looking at allocating strategic spaces to help house the expected tourist buses and private cars.

Another concern, the committee said, would be the amount of durians on supply.

“Keep in mind that we want to present the best and freshest durians, to best represent Malaysia’s offerings,” said Hoh.

“Our durians are different from those in Thailand. Our durian quality will deteriorate after a couple of days and it’s best to eat the fruits fresh,” the senator added.

Hoh and Malaysian Durian Exporters Asso­ciation secretary-general Fred Lim said the participating orchards were hoping to gather around 10 tonnes of Musang King to feed the durian lovers over the weekend.

At least 20 orchards from around Bentong and Raub are expected to participate in the festival, Lim added.

~News courtesy of The Star~

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