(VOV) -As many as 40,000 visitors flocked to the opening ceremony of the 11thSouthern Fruit Festival in Ho Chi Minh City on June 1, introducing visitors to the fascinating variety of fruits from southern Vietnam. HCMC to host Southern Fruit Festival 2013 HCM City to host Southern Cuisine, Fruit Festivals Southern Fruit Festival in HCM City The week-long festival includes many activities, starting with a floating fruit market, selling more than 180 kinds of fruits on 70 boats at prices which are 20-40%lower than in the market. rare fruits from many localities nationwide. Cooking demonstrations, folk games, and fruit-themed cultural performances are also organised for the fair. Visitors to the festival also have a chance to enjoy southern amateur singing and participate in an exchange programme with art troupes from the Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, and Cambodia. Nguyen Thi Hong, HCM City People’s Committee Vice Chairwoman, said the festival running until June 8, aims to tighten the relationship among farmers, producers, distributors and consumers, increase trademark value and promote the image of Vietnamese fruits.