| James Kon |
DETAILS of the Borneo Fruit Festival, which will be held from December 11 to 14 at The Core, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), were revealed yesterday during a press conference with Mewsum Wong, founder of the internationally renowned Raw Food Asia movement, Anthony Chieng, the Managing Director of Sunshine Borneo Travel & Tours Sdn Bhd, as well as Sheikh Jamaluddin bin Sheikh Mohamed, Chairman of SHJ Consultant.
Themed “Creating Wellness Naturally”, the first-of-its-kind festival will be a chance for the public to learn more about a fruits-and-vegetables diet for body-detoxing and to attend talks on how to attain wellness naturally.
“The whole point of organising such an event is to create a community that eats healthily and becomes healthy,” said Anthony Chieng.
“How many people really eat a lot of fruits? Fruits are the healthiest and most natural form of food in the world and we want to encourage Bruneians to eat more of them.”
In addition to talks and briefings, he further revealed, “The programme for the Borneo Fruit Festival will also comprise breakfast, lunch and dinner that are made from only fruits and vegetables (mostly prepared by Marta Murawska, a raw food chef from Poland).
“We will also showcase methods of making delicious food from fruits and vegetables to enjoy a healthier lifestyle and combat non-communicable diseases.”
Mewsum Wong, who recently returned from the Woodstock Fruit Festival (the largest of its kind), explained, “I wanted to bring a healthy eating culture to Brunei. We can be healthier and learn to eat more of our tropical fruits. Borneo is blessed with a large variety of fruits that we can’t get anywhere else. Through this event, we also hope to attract more people into the country by promoting eco-tourism.”
Meanwhile, Sheikh Jamaluddin commented that he has done a lot of research on the benefits of consuming fruits and vegetables regularly and that the event will be very beneficial.
Anthony Chieng added that the event will also look at working closely with local farmers and to supply them with fruit tree seed-lings to increase their income.
Speakers for the upcoming
event include Janette Murray Walkelin and husband Alan Murray, who both ran around Australia in 365 days and did a marathon every day (42 km) fuelled only by fruits and vegetables.
Other speakers will include Dr Robert Lockhart, a raw vegan for 25 years and a pioneer in the raw food diet; Don Bennet, a disease avoidance specialist, and Karen Ranzi, who has published her groundbreaking book, “Creating Healthy Children through Attachment Parenting and Raw Food”.
Sideline activities will include the sale of local fruits, blenders, juicers, enzyme-making machines and books, as well as some fun games organised for visitors.
For further information, members of the public can e-mail to email@example.com or www.borneofruitfestival.com.