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"The Local Wisdom Beverage Festival in Celebration of His Majesty the King 6 Cycles Birth Anniversary Jubilee" and "The Second Biotechnology Exhibition"

17-19 January 1999 at Hall of Fame Assumption University

On the auspicious occasion to commemorate His Majesty King Bhumipol Adulyadej's Sixth Cycle Birthday Anniversary (which falls on 5 December 1999),

the Economic Committee of the Parliament, the Ministry of Interior, and the AU Faculty of Biotechnology have organized 'The Local Wisdom Beverage Festival' on 17-19 Jan. 1999 at the Hall of Fame. H.E. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Major Sanan Kajornprasart, was the honorable guest of the Opening Ceremony. There were many interesting activities during this festival, such as a seminar on the topic, 'Abandoning the Alcoholic Beverage Monopolizing Law - What will be the consequence?' by four distinguished guest speakers: Mr. Triphon Jeochait, Mr. Kamol Kamolrakul, Mr. Pradit Karuwanna, and Mr. Apichart Parama. Ms. Netpriya Musikachai was the MC for the event. Besides participating in the interesting seminar, the visitors enjoyed shopping the famous traditional Thai products from different provinces of Thailand, tasting alcoholic beverages, viewing the Thai classical dance, and listening to music performance simultaneously.


Moreover, there was also a Local-Wisdom-Beverage Contest which divided into two sections, viz. institutional and general public. Each section was further divided into 2 groups: wine made from fruits and wine from other raw materials.

The first prize for wine made from fruits in the institutional section is red grape wine from AU; the second is white grape wine, also from AU; and the third prize is lychee wine from the Food Products Research and Development Institute, Kasetsart University. In the general public section, the santol wine, formulate # 3, 2 and 1 of the Senator, Dr. Yongyuth Sarasombat, won the first, second, and third prizes, respectively.

'Satho' made from sorghum by Maha Sarakam University., 'Sake' by Maha Sarakham University and red 'Satho' by ABAC won the first, second and third prize for wine made from other raw materials in the institutional section, respectively. For the general public section "U' made by Lop Buri province, sticky rice (not steamed) added with mixed fruits made by Mr. Apichart Parama and "Satho" made by Mr. Niwat Thongsri, won the first, second and third prizes respectively.

The purpose of the this festival is to persuade the people who are most likely drinking foreign wine, to taste and to get acquainted with the wine produced in Thailand.