Although the durian season is still rocking in Malaysia and the Philippines this August’s durian activities went international. The most interesting bits of durian goings-on came from France, Australia, and the USA. Who says Westerners don’t like durian?
Most exciting of all, residents of Sydney, Australia are now able to purchase fresh Musang King durian from Malaysia. Last week, a shipment of 2,000 tonnes of fresh, never frozen durian made its way into the tummies of happy durian fans down under thanks to a new technology designed by Ms Latifah Mohd Nor, whom we spoke to last July. Australia is the first country in the world to receive the benefits of this technology.
Read more and find out where to get fresh durian at The Star Online
Durian also got a bump in France, of all places. Paris is home to the largest Chinatown in Europe, known as Quartier Chinois. Parisians might not direct you there in lieu of more iconic tourism sites like the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame or the Louvre, but not everyone turns up their nose at durian. Suggested stops include a bakery for durian tarts and a teahouse for durian bubble tea.
Read more at The Toronto Star.
In the USA, durian was the star of the Woodstock Fruit Festival, a meeting place for raw foodists and fruit lovers. Over the course of one week, the 600 attendees consumed several thousand durians and made loads of durian-phyllic youtube videos proclaiming their love of durian.
Watch a short interview with me, or check out my video of one lunch where we consumed more than 450 durians.
In more normal news, the Children’s Wish Society of Malaysia held their sixth annual durian charity event. For only a 20 RM donation, participants have one hour to eat as much durian as they want. This year, 1500 charitable people consumed over 7 tonnes of durian, raising 200,000 RM for children stricken with terminal illness. For once, durian was consumed for a worthy cause and not just greed.
Read more at the News Straits Times
In the Philippines, the Davao Durian Festival was celebrated in conjunction with the Kadayawan festival from August 10-25. The festival featured an all-you-can-eat durian booth, but was apparently fairly quiet this year.
Disappointingly, the wild and delicious Durian Festival in Tagum City was replaced this year with a more general “Farmers Festival” showcasing a variety of local products. They still opened with a durian eating contest and I’m sure had lots of durian to be enjoyed but I can’t imagine it was the same.
Read more at The Philippine Information Agency.
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