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Expats celebrate Christmas with a brunch

Members and guests of the Chiang Mai Expats enjoyed the river view.

By Shana Kongmun
The busy holiday season has struck and members of Chiang Mai’s community find themselves out and about attending parties, lunches and brunches. A kilo or two is the price we all pay. The Chiang Mai Expats Club held a Christmas Brunch party at the River Market on Friday, December 14, 2012 and the well-attended party saw everyone enjoying the fine day, good food and good company.
The Chiang Mai Expats decided to forego their usual Christmas Dinner Party for something a little less calorific, much to the relief of many, I would think!
The Expats will be changing venues shortly, details to be announced

Nancy Lindley of Lanna Care Net joins Charles Gross, one of the Chiang Mai Expats Club Committee members.

Royal Project Fair is more than just vegetables

The giant pumpkins scattered around the site of the Royal Project Fair were quite popular with photographers.

By Shana Kongmun
It’s a pity that the Royal Project Fair runs for only a few short days in December as it is a widely popular fair that features fruit and vegetables grown on Royal Project Farms.

This young man was offering Cape Gooseberries to try.

Additionally, there are cut flowers, food, textiles, dried flowers, and herbal items. However, beyond all that there are wonderful performances by children from schools around Chiang Mai; from Doi Saket to Mae On, the kids dress up in their finery and perform on the stage.
This fair is not just about vegetables of course but about the benefits that can be reaped by giving communities the ability to be sustainable, to offer them alternatives and the ability to market their produce in a fair and equitable way.
The Royal Project was an initiative of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Royal Project which started when he stayed at Bhuphing Palace in Chiang Mai in 1969 and visited and talked to hilltribe villagers. The villagers told HM the King that their income from peaches and opium was about the same, at that time, many highland villages grew opium poppies for a good cash income. He initiated the Royal Project to give them alternative sources of higher income that could be grown in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way.
The Royal Project was registered as a foundation in 1992 and involves the growing of a wide variety of cash crops, especially temperate-zone plants and has earned numerous awards over the years for its sustainable and socially conscious policies. There are 38 development centers under the Royal Project in northern provinces to help farmers collect, distribute, and sell highland produce, while improving their quality of life through education, health care, and environmental preservation. All 38 centers bring their produce to the Royal Project Fair.

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Expats celebrate Christmas with a brunch

Royal Project Fair is more than just vegetables