Once again, Kaset fair blossomed brightly
The just-ended horticultural show had all the ingredients _ fruit, food, native products, books, gardening equipment, the latest in agricultural machinery, as well as educational displays _ that have made the event something of an annual traditional
The national agricultural fair annually held at Kasetsart University, commonly known as the Kaset Fair, has become synonymous with sweet tamarind. Every year, tonnes of Phetchabun's most famous product occupy a whole block and this year's fair, held from Jan 31 and wrapping up yesterday, was no exception.
To entice buyers, the friendly vendors, most of whom have their own plantations, tried to outdo one another in offering a taste of their wares to passers-by for free. Prospective buyers could make the rounds before deciding to buy, not that it mattered much for the fruits all tasted the same. For Bangkokians who simply love sweet tamarind, the fair provided an opportunity to stock up on it without having to go all the way to Phetchabun.
Other agricultural crops that have become very much a part of the fair are native garlic and shallots from Si Sa Ket. Native garlic is much smaller than that imported from China and Taiwan, but many Thais prefer it as it is more aromatic.
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