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Jul 15. 2019
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By The Nation

The Grand Mercure Bangkok Fortune joins up with the Culture Ministry and the Tourism Authority of Thailand in celebrating artistic talent this Friday (July 19) as it plays host to the 21st edition of the Fruit and Vegetable Carving Contest.

Coinciding with Thailand’s presidency of Asean and taking place at the hotel grand ballroom from 10am to 5pm, the theme of this year’s contest is “In Celebration of His Majesty King Rama X’s Supreme Glory on the Auspicious Occasion of the Royal Coronation” and will see the winner take home the first Queen’s Cup which is engraved with Her Majesty’s abbreviated name granted by Her Majesty Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana.

Contestants will carve fruit and vegetables decorated with banana leaves and fresh flowers in ways that reflect their respect for the grandeur of the Royal Coronation and the Magnitude of His Majesty the King’s Supreme Glory, both for Thailand and beyond.

The contest aims to encourage younger generations to optimize their time, be creative and generate income from art, cultivate peacefulness, and to conserve the unique and valuable Thai heritage.

More than 20 of the finest carving teams will submit their masterpieces in the contest. The opening ceremony and award presentation will be hosted by Deputy Prime Minister Prof Dr Wissanu Krea-ngam.

The organizing committee is chaired by Araya Arunanondchai, the hotel president and Prof Dr Maneeratana Sawasdiwat Na Ayutthaya heads up the judging panel. Prof Maneeratana is a daughter of late national artist in visual arts Penpan Sittitrai who was known for Fruit and Vegetable Carving.

The contest is divided into 2 categories covering hotel personnel and members of the general public, and educational institutions.

The contest comprises 13 prizes and all of the contestants will receive certificates. The overall winner takes home the Queen’s Cup, a cash award and a certificate from TAT and Ministry of Culture.

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