This March, Durian lovers should head directly to Semarang as the spotlight turns on this soft, sweet and spiky sensational fruit when the Durian Festival takesplace here from 6th to 8th March 2015. To be held at the Jatisari Field, Mijen sub-district, Semarang City, capital of Central Java Province, the festival is open to the public and features activities that are all centered around the delectable durian.The Festival comes close to the Cap Go Meh festivities at the end of the Lunar New Year, that is widely celebrated in Semarang. Visitors from all over the country will be presented with many varieties of durians grown in the Mijen Area and other regions. Mijen is known as the center fordurian in Semarang.The first day of the festival will feature prime fruit competitions that include a variety of exotic fruits such as the durian, salak (the snake-skin fruit), manggis(mangosteen), and duku. The second day of the festival will be highlighted with an exciting durian eating competition where everyone can participate, while the last day will feature a drawing competition for kids.A competition for the heaviest and the largest durian will also be held at the festival, to which the Mijen sub-district Head, Ali Muhtar encourages all farmers of this spiked and pungent fruit to participate.Regarded by many in Southeast Asia as the “king of fruits”, – while others just hate the smell – the durian is distinctive for its large size, strong odor, and formidable thorn-covered husk. People either cannot get enough of the fruit while others stay away a mile. The fruit can grow as large as 30 centimeters long and 15 centimeters in diameter, and typically weighs one to three kilograms. Its shape ranges from oblong to round, the color of its husk is green to brown. Its delicious flesh is pale yellow to red, depending on the species.For more information, please contact:The Office of Agriculture of SemarangTelephone: +62 24 670 5001.