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Tuesday June 19, 2012

Penang’s best durians are on sale at Penang Times Square

WITH the King of Fruits reigning supreme at the Penang Times Square, connoisseurs are bound to be licking their fingers in delight at the whole thorny affair.

Durian lovers no longer need to venture into the depths of Balik Pulau to indulge in their cravings, as the mall’s Durian Durian festival showcases myriad prickly variants right in the heart of town.

Six durian vendors — among them the ‘Raja Kunyit 2011’ Tan Eow Chong — are offering their best durians, along with other local fruits, at the one-stop event running from now until July 1 at the Chin Ho Plaza.

Top grade: 'Raja Kunyit 2011' Tan Eow Chong showing off his prized fruits to Ivory Properties Group head of investor relations Ang Kung San.

While the giant, durian replica measuring 3.4m wide and 3.7m high erected in front of the mall’s water fountain provides a feast for the eyes, inside is where a feast for the other senses awaits.

Apart from the thorny fruits, vendors will also be selling durian coffee, durian ice cream, dodol, durian layer cake, cucur durian and other durian-related products.

According to Penang Times Square general manager C.C. Yeap, those who purchase RM50 and above of durians from the market would also receive free local fruits on a while-stocks-last basis.

“The durian has always been a favourite amongst locals. By host-ing this event in the city, everyone can enjoy the King of Fruits,” Yeap said, adding that visitors can also look forward to many exciting acti-vities.

The best available: A vendor helping his customers pick choice durians at the fair.

Highlights include the Durian Buffet, available only from Monday to Thursday until June 28, priced at RM50 for premium grades, and RM25 for the normal ones.

With Air Asia as one of the main sponsors, passengers travelling inbound to Penang on any of their flights only need to show a boarding pass dated between June 15 and 28, to enjoy a 20% discount on the buffet.

The 17-day event will culminate in the Durian King competition on July 1, starting 4pm. To be divided into the ‘champion of champions’ and ‘local kampung’ categories, the contest will see vendors face off with their best fruits in a quest to nail the coveted title.

Prizes of flight tickets to Kota Kinabalu worth RM3,236, and to Kuching worth RM2,172, await the respective winners, along with RM250 prize money, a trophy and certificate each.

Shutterbugs with a soft spot for the fruits can also submit their photos taken throughout the event for public voting on the mall’s Facebook page, with flight tickets for two to Langkawi worth RM740 awaiting the winner.

“From now until June 27, there is also a Count the Durian Thorns Contest, where those who made purchases above RM20 from any booth, stand a chance to win flight tickets for two to Medan worth RM1,128,” Yeap added.

Another main sponsor, Colgate Plax Ice, will be holding an Icy Cool Breath Refreshing Challenge at 3pm on June 30, and at 1pm on July 1. Five participants will need to finish 10 seeds of durian before gargling with the mouthwash.

The participants will then pose for the cameras, and the ones with the most dazzling smiles will take home Colgate hampers.

Other activities include a Durian Exhibition by the Penang Agricultural Department, charity batik painting, yoga demonstration, games and the appearance of a Durian Man.

The event is open from 11am to 9pm daily. For details, log on to the mall’s Facebook page or call 04-2109020.

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