Over 300 people from all walks of life thronged the pristine My Kandu Resort in Gopeng on Sunday, August 9 for the ‘Jom Makan Durian’ (Let’s Eat Durian) extravaganza organised by Dato’ Nolee Ashilin bt Dato’ Mohd Radzi, the Adun for Tualang Sekah.

Free durians, tempoyak (fermented durian) and durian-flavoured delicacies were the order of the day. Besides the durian galore, visitors were also entertained to dances and songs performed by local dance troupes.

Throughout the afternoon various competitions involving the King of Fruits were held. They included, among others, guessing the weight of a durian and the fastest durian opener, which culminated in the crowning of the Durian King. In short, there was something for everyone and no one returned empty-handed.

“Hopefully, in years to come, this would be an event which could internationalise the state of Perak. I wish to thank all involved, including the 100-odd volunteers, for making this inaugural programme a success,” said Nolee in her speech.

“It’s like an open house. But I wish there was enough food to cater for all visitors. Everything is so delicious!” Syu, a student told Ipoh Echo.

Mei Kuan