Kluai Khai Fair or Banana Festival



Kluai Khai Fair
The Kluai Khai Fair is held in September each year to promote the local banana for which the province is famous. There are banana contests and competitions on the making of Krayasat (a local sweet), as well as many entertainment performances.

Eat your hearts out FarmVille fans, this is the real deal, full bunches of bananas with real rosettes at a real farmers’ market, and a real one-crop festival.Thailand’s Kamphaeng Phet Province holds their Sart Thai Buddhist Tradition and Banana Festival in September each year.
In 2009 it was during the second week of the month, and in 2010, it all revolves around the 23rd of the month and the full moon (Sart Thai is a Buddhist celebration that follows the full moon).
Over 200 million Baht value of bananas per year are exported from just this one province – roughly 4 million Pounds Sterling – which doesn’t sound a lot until you realise the local produce-market price for one of those full-length bunches is only 200 Baht … meaning roughly one million bunches are in the annual export figures.  Each tree crops once a year, so you can imagine how intensively they’re planted and farmed.

Bananas are one of the world’s most important food crops. Aside from the common export banana (the Cavendish), there are about 1000 other varieties of bananas. Some bananas are blue, others are orange or red, some are round, and a few are as big as your arm. In the tropics, bananas aren’t only eaten fresh, they’re barbecued, they’re deep-fried, they’re sun-dried, their flowers are used in salads – instead of lettuce, they’re even made into beer and wine.
The local banana dessert, krayasart is a wonderful, sweet, sticky, granola-like concoction made with peanuts, sesame seeds, rice, etc.  For some reason this is mostly made during the banana festival, which has competitions for the best krayasart there.
Thai bananas are far more tasty than those of most other countries, and you wouldn’t believe how many varieties there are, which is just as well, because the festival includes a banana-eating competition (race?).  I can’t envision it as being a particularly captivating spectator sport … unless they have a women’s competition too :)

Aside from the eating and producer competitions, there are the cookery competitions for  making of krayasat, as well as many entertainment performances provided by both traditional and modern performing arts.  Of course, being Thailand, no festival is complete without a beauty competition and pageant.  Kampaeng Phet is no exception and hosts the Miss Banana Queen pageant during the festival.




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53 comments:

Sebastian said...

Oh, man, those bananas look GREAT.

Jackie said...

Mmmm...bananas.

la comédie said...

nice post

razortek said...

Supp Bro :D
Cool post bro!

MVTM said...

*hug*

anon1337 said...

lmao at the banana pic.

Civoliams said...

the last picture xD ! ! tanks for sharing it !

Sykefu said...

thanks for the raed, and that last pic :o

arnyke said...

Super blog!
supportin!

Totalitarian said...

hehe, good report, nice ending. :)

njohnfixes said...

Love bananas, especially deep fried!

Naj said...

banana taste really good! especially with chocolate!

AimlessTendencies said...

Blue bananas? Hmmm, i'll put those on my want list.

Swift Love said...

good thing I visited your blog today!

Muhunty said...

uhh i love grill bananas :)

ramrod360 said...

Its cool to see the natives in this post.

november17 said...

hahahha that kid is funny

lf52 said...

that's so cool

SC2 Strats said...

lol I can't get enough of that banana kid.

(Generic name) said...

I didn't know there were so many different ways to cook bananas, and different bananas themselves.

loloriz0r said...

^^ @ the bananakid

Randy said...

thanks for the update!

The Blind Prophet said...

Those grilled bananas looked kinda good. :D

Arkanyn said...
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thecatzpajamas said...

i want a banana nowww. haha this is amazing

Shadow said...

Haha it looks like a fun festival.

Shane said...

God damn Bananas everywhere

The Square Circle said...

that banana picture really caught me off guard. ha.

Igloo said...

why do pictures of food always make me hungry? damn it!

anchors89 said...

loool banana, great post

Nie Mand said...

great, now I am hungry and we are out of bananas :/

snoobyy said...

the banana one is so funny.

overtime65 said...

i got hungry now thanks to you, think i'll have a banana

Bren said...

haha that banana kid is cute =)

WorldHealth said...

Bananas are very healthy .

AnnoNeuvo said...

BANANAS! xD

rockStar said...

he's so cuteee!

supp! <3

Kevorkian said...

BANANA!

Lewis said...

lol Ovidiuss
greAT POST ;)

Fuuuuuuuu said...

good follow up post to yesterday's

Dan Smelter said...

Bananas!

Randy said...

post this type of stuff more!

suzychen said...

Great stuff!! I never saw anything like that...

That Which Haunts said...

I love nanners. I recently had fried banana on a hamburger and it was delicious. I would love to go to the banana-fest.

Atheos_Cirno said...

Wish there was that kind of variety at Winco

HonBlogger said...

NOM NOM NOM

amidoinitrite? said...

Thanks for the update... btw, Beating Inertia has a new Q&A post!

Flav said...

Wut? I never knew bananas could be as big as one's arms! and different colors! I'm really gonna go to Bangkok man! i told you, and i'm gonna go, i'll send you pics, cause that's how i roll!

Swift Love said...

I enjoyed your point of view in this post

SHH said...

Grilled bananas

MacPCharmony said...

I liked your perspective in this one... I'm going to have to agree with you

Olivar said...

Extremely detailed as always
Loving that final pic haha

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