Strawberries from Samoeng. Photo: PEERAWAT JARIYASOMBAT

From Feb 9-11, the “17th Samoeng Strawberry Festival” will take place around the Samoeng District Office in Chiang Mai province.

The event will feature a strawberry contest, beauty contest, entertainment, cultural performances, exhibitions, boxing, the sale of sweet strawberries, other farm produce and local products, and a retro market selling local food. Visitors can also visit some of the strawberry plantations.

On Feb 10, processions of strawberries and flowers will take to the streets from Samoeng Phitthayakhom School to the district office, followed by a fashion show under the strawberry theme.

Call the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)’s Chiang Mai Office at 053-248-624 or 053-248-607.

Pottery fair

From Feb 10-14 during 10am-10pm, the “Dan Kwian Pottery Fair 2018” will be held at Dan Kwiang Pottery Village in Chok Chai district, Nakhon Ratchasima province, from 10am-10pm.

Dan Kwian is a community by the Moon River dating to the Ayutthaya Period. It is located along a former trading route between Korat and the Khmer Empire. Farmers there learned the art of making pottery from Kha people, a Mon-Khmer tribe, and began with making housewares such as jars and mortars. Nowadays, local villagers produce a variety of pottery including those for garden and home decoration for domestic sale and export. Pottery from Dan Kwian is outstanding for its gold-brown colour.

Visitors will be able to browse and buy pottery, observe the local way of life and pottery making, watch pottery design, making and painting contests, cultural performances, and youth luk thung bands, and join other fun activities. Tram tours are operated five times a day — 10am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 6pm.

Visit or call Tambon Dan Kwian Municipality at 044-338-105.

Cowboy’s love fair

The “February 14 Cowboy Wedding Vows” fair will take place at the Dairy Farming Promotion Organisation of Thailand’s Thai-Danish Dairy Farm and Big Joey Country Resort in Muak Lek district, Saraburi province.

The objective of the event is to promote eco-tourism in Saraburi. King Bhumibol Adulyadej introduced dairy farming to Thailand about 50 years ago and the country’s first dairy farm is Thai-Danish Dairy Farm.

Highlights of the event are the signing of marriage certificates on a horse’s back by wedding couples in cowboy outfits as well as a wedding reception featuring milk from the Thai-Danish Dairy Farm, steak, barbecue and other dishes, cold beverages, performances and country music. A lucky couple will receive gold worth 15,000 baht.

Call the TAT’s Ayutthaya Office, which also oversees tourism marketing in Saraburi, at 035-246-076/7.

Wine festival

Throughout this month, GranMonte Vineyard and Winery in Pak Chong district, Nakhon Ratchasima, hosts the “Harvest Month All February 2018”. Visitors can enjoy GranMonte Harvest Tour and Harvest Month Set Menu, including a vineyard and winery tour, wine grape harvest, wine tasting and set lunch or dinner.

A highlight is the “Harvest Festival 2018” on Feb 10 with a special feast and wine grape harvesting and wine drinking competitions in the afternoon. In the evening, there will be the “Jazz In The Vineyard” concert and food stalls.

Tickets are priced at 4,900 baht per head for adults and 2,450 baht for children aged between five-15 years.

For booking, email [email protected] or call 092-806-7755.

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