Durian Festival

Durian Festival

Durian FestivalDurian Festival

Sheds K and L. Queen Victoria Market

Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 May, 9am – 4pm.

Over two days the Market will be hosting what is often referred to as the King of Fruit.

The durian is a fruit from Thailand and Malaysia known for it’s strong (not nice) smell, banned on public transport and by venues. Durian is a strange combination of savory, sweet, and creamy all at once with subtle hints of chives mixed with powdered sugar.

Explore the tantalising food stalls celebrating all things Durian!

Enjoy the dancing and entertainment and wonder through the stalls.

Entertainment program:

Saturday 15 May

12pm – Lion Dance along Queen Street

1pm – Indonesian Martial Arts demonstration

1.30pm – Korean Drum demonstration

2pm – Live DJ

Sunday 16 May

11.30am – Vietnamese dance exhibition

12pm – Filipino Tinikling dance exhibition

12.30pm – Filipino Sinulog dance exhibition

1pm – Filipino Martial Arts demonstration

2pm – Live DJ

❊ When & Where ❊

Date/s: Saturday 15th May 2021 – Sunday 16th May 2021

Times: 9am – 4pm

❊ Venue ❊

 Queen Victoria Market  Events 7
⊜ Corner Elizabeth Street and Victoria Street Melbourne | Map

Queen Victoria MarketCorner Elizabeth Street and Victoria Street, Melbourne, , 3000

✆ Event: | Venue: (03) 9320 5822

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Durian season smelling great as Australia’s largest farm gives Perth a whiff

Australia’s largest durian farm is busy harvesting this year’s crop, and according to grower Han Shiong Siah, the season is looking and smelling great.

“All of our fruit is tree-ripened, we collect them off the ground each morning, they’re fragrant and you just know they’re ready to go.”

Across Asia, the durian is regarded as the ‘king of fruits’, but their pungent smell is not to everyone’s liking and can be so offensive that in some countries it is banned on public transport and in hotels.

Mr Siah said, after a mild dry season, his family’s durian farm near Darwin was enjoying strong yields.

He said the first durians of the season had been sent to markets in Sydney and Melbourne, and his farm had also sent fruit to Perth for the first time.

The Siah family planted their first durian trees more than 30 years ago.(ABC Rural: Matt Brann)

NT durians head west

Tropical and exotic fruit sales manager for Mercer Mooney in Perth, Cameron Perna, said the arrival of durians from the Northern Territory was a big moment for his company.

“It was a little bit daunting, we got 800 kilograms of durian in one hit and had constant thoughts of ‘Is this going to sell?” Mr Perna said.

He said Canning Vale Markets had a history of buying durians from Queensland but never from the NT, and never in such large quantities.

“This was a record for WA,” he said.

“We normally get 200–300 kilograms at a time from Queensland, which gets air-freighted to WA.

“Everyone here in the markets knows what that smell is now and they come looking. The smell attracts the people, it’s not deterring them.”

Australian-grown on the durian map

The Siah family planted their first durian trees more than 30 years ago.

In recent years, as the plantation matured and produced more fruit, their NT-grown durians had piqued the interest of durian fans and journalists from around the world.

Mr Siah said social media had played a big role in marketing the crop.

“Initially when we first start producing durian no-one had really heard of it. But thanks to social media, people are looking for them and know more about them,” he said.


Mr Siah said it was Asian communities driving demand, but hoped all Australians would give the unique fruit a taste.

Mr Perna said the exotic and tropical fruit category in Perth “was exploding” in popularity.

“I’ve got another pallet of [NT] durian landing this Friday and pretty much half of it has already pre-sold,” he said.

“There’s a lot more demand now for these different fruits — like all of the sapotes are selling well, soursop, rambutans, lychees.

“They’re different, seasonal, and selling well.”

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