5th January 2024 – (Hong Kong) FarmFest 2024, a three-day extravaganza, kicked off today and will run until 7th January at the scenic Fa Hui Park in Mong Kok. Organized jointly by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD), the Vegetable Marketing Organisation (VMO), and the Fish Marketing Organisation (FMO), the event serves as Hong Kong’s largest outdoor farmers’ market, providing a platform for local producers to directly sell their goods to consumers. With over 400 stalls, including more than 200 offering local produce, FarmFest is a hub of activity featuring a wide range of agricultural and fisheries products, local delicacies, organic food, and household goods.
Visitors to FarmFest will have the opportunity to explore an impressive assortment of premium agricultural and fisheries products sourced from local organic, hydroponic, and accredited farms. From vibrant green and purple kohlrabies to juicy strawberries, mushrooms, eggplants, zucchinis, and cherry tomatoes, the array of fresh produce is sure to delight attendees. Additionally, local accredited fish farms contribute to the festival by offering a selection of delectable seafood options, including spiny lobsters, pompanos, Yuen Long grey mullets, jade perches, orbicular batfishes, tilapia, speckled blue grouper, and patin fish. To tantalize taste buds further, the event will introduce the new ready-to-cook dish “Cherry Wood Smoked Pompano,” a result of collaboration and research between industry, academia, AFCD, and FMO. Convenient and delicious, the dish can be easily prepared by reheating in a microwave.
The AFCD has been actively promoting sustainable development in the agricultural and fisheries industry. To educate consumers about the latest advancements and techniques, FarmFest features dedicated agricultural and fisheries zones. The agricultural zone showcases modern farming technologies, such as controlled environment hydroponics, farm mechanization, and smart greenhouse technology, through immersive virtual reality (VR) experiences. Visitors will witness how these cutting-edge technologies enhance farming efficiency by saving manpower, time, and manual labor. The zone also presents a smart organic farm, where visitors can learn about the solar-powered automated irrigation system, which can be controlled remotely. AFCD staff will be on hand to guide visitors in operating the irrigation system and showcase greenhouse crops, seasonal local produce, and inflatable props featuring the theme crops. Additionally, the beloved mascots of the Agricultural Hall, “Ricey” and “Beany” from “The Farmily,” will be present for photo opportunities.
The fisheries zone highlights new aquaculture technologies driving the industry towards modernization and sustainability. Through VR technology, visitors can experience the modern mariculture demonstration farm at Tung Lung Chau, demonstrating the advantages of semi-submersible steel truss deep sea cages over traditional wooden fish rafts. The zone also features a small-scale recirculating aquaculture system, showcasing the workflow and functions of the aquaculture system alongside drone and microscope demonstrations. Visitors can witness the modern methods of collecting water samples and identifying plankton species. Friendly AFCD staff will provide guidance throughout the process, and the mascots of the Fisheries Hall will make appearances to interact with the public and pose for photos with inflatable props.
FarmFest offers not only a feast for the senses but also a range of entertaining performances, including music, cultural showcases, and cooking demonstrations. Additionally, captivating photo backdrops featuring local agricultural and fisheries products are set up for people of all ages to enjoy. Admission to FarmFest is free, and the event runs from 10am to 8pm. For convenient access, a complimentary shuttle bus service is available to and from Shek Kip Mei MTR Station Exit B1, located on Woh Chai Street.
Dates: 5th – 7th January 2024 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Time: 10am – 8pm
Venue: Fa Hui Park, Mong Kok, Kowloon