Country Fair In The City

Becky Buenaventura and Baby de Leon about to
savor dragon fruit. The dragon fruit will be given
special attention at the Quezon City Country Fair
under the auspices of the Cactus & Succulent Society
and the Quezon City government on October 18 to 21.
A plateful of red-fleshed dragon fruit.
The garden people are cooking something new. Instead of the usual garden show, they are coming up with a Country Fair right in the heart of Quezon City.
The group is the Cactus and Succulent Society headed by Dorie S. Bernabe. Together with the Quezon City government they are going to stage the Quezon City Country Fair at the Quezon Memorial Circle on October 18 to 21.
This will be open free to the public because the organizers want it to be accessible to everybody, especially the school children. The event is designed to be educational and one which will give the city-bred children a taste of something rural.

There will be a cluster for the Friends of AANI which will include exhibits of small farm animals such as goats, sheep, free-range chickens, Pekin duck, native pigs and the like. There will be cooking of native pig lechon, lechon tupa (sheep) and others.

The Friends of AANI will make available for sale fruits and vegetables, planting materials, organic products and many more. There will also be a panel of experts that could be consulted on topics in farming and gardening.

The group of Fred Salud will also be conducting a dog show while the group of Lino Rom who are into ornamental plants will have their own special presentations.

Toto Barcelona and his colleagues in the seed business have booked for ten booths where they will be showcasing their latest hybrids of vegetables and other high-value crops.

Of course, the Cactus & Succulent Society will stage educational exhibits of their favorite plants. There will be lectures and demonstrations and one of the things they will give special attention to is the dragon fruit which happens to be a cactus.

The dragon fruit is increasingly becoming popular with growers who produce it commercially. The fruit is nice to eat as fresh fruit and is also claimed to have medicinal properties.

Another succulent that will be given attention is the giant aloe vera and other cultivars that have economic uses.
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