The Kumquat festival in Hoi An was a feast of kumquat goodness and yes, it was worth going. Kumquats play a crucial role in the Tet celebrations and have particular significance here, our house in Hoi An is in the heart of Kumquat growing territory. There were various events over the festival weekend including kumquat tree judging, kumquat bonsai displays, kumquat produce to taste and more. We have some photos from the kumquat festival along with various kumquat related activities in Hoi An as Tet approaches. Check out our kumquat tree ( we call it the Tet-mas tree,) which our wonderful landlords sent round for us.
We live on the edge of kumquat growing HQ in Than An, Hoi An, we pass tree after tree on our daily walks and runs, gardens look like Farmville as each perfect mini tree is brought to full fruit production in unison in time for Tet. So the kumquat festival was a double celebration, kumquat festival day and the football finals, Vietnam was playing Uzbekistan in China, and the excitement was off-the-scale extreme. By 10am we’d already had two shots of ultra strong kumquat wine, wishing the farmers brandishing the plastic bottles of murky home-brew good health and the day got crazier and crazier as the streets filled with patriotic football fans celebrating with horns, fireworks and banners both before and after the match. People took their TVs onto the streets, crowds gathered and the atmosphere was electric in sleepy Hoi An. But more on Kumquats!
Schedule of Events at the Hoi An Kumquat Festival
Find the 2018 schedule here
Where is the Kumquat Festival Held?
The festival is in Cam Ha, to the rear of Than Am. It’s roughly half way between the Old Town side of Hoi An and Ang Bang Beach. You will see the festival at the roadside near the lake in the Trang Keo residential zone. Happily, it was just a five minute walk from our rented house in Hoi An.
Kumquat Trees and Tet in Hoi An
You won’t get far without seeing a kumquat tree around Hoi An during the Tet period. Almost every home has it’s own potted tree outside it’s front door, some have many. Groups of kumquat trees huddle on pavements silenly waiting to be sold. Kumquats wiz by on the back of scooters, precariously balanced, or travel more sedately in motorbike-drawn hand carts. Double decker livestock lorries are stuffed with trees, fruit bursting through the slats on all sides. Our kumquat tree has arrived and we’re very pleased with it. Our landlady tells us that the luckiest trees have flowers and fruit. Ours does and it smells like a dream.
This morning I’ve been Googling, and discovered that there are actually many kumquat festivals around the world. We consider ourselves very lucky to be involved in this Kumquat festival in Vietnam. It’s kumquat-tastic. More to come on kumquats and Tet ( Vietnamese lunar new year) it’s coming soon and our diminutive orange friends are big players in the celebrations.
Around town there are wall to wall flowers, fruits and everyone is going crazy with the shopping. Shops and restaurants will close down for several days over Tet so we’re stocking up on noodles at the market. More to come on Tet and Living in Hoi An soon! Back to our Vietnam travel guide here.