How To Put On A Fruit Festival – Interview with John Kohler and Ronnie Smith


This video includes an interview with UK Fruitfest founder, Ronnie Smith, about the process of putting on a Fruit Festival.  If you are interested in putting on such an event this video should be very helpful.

The interview with Ronnie starts at 21:10. 

Already, this video has led to someone getting in touch with UK Fruitfest to get advice on starting another event.  Feel free to contact us for advice on launching your own event.  Email


The Best Raw Vegan Pizza Ever!

Once upon a time, I created a raw vegan pizza for a raw dinner party I was hosting.  I had tried to copy part of a recipe by my friend Chris Kendall but decided to throw in a few ideas of my idea.  Turned out that was a mistake!

My friend Matthew, who was at the dinner party, tried one bite of my pizza and literally ended up collapsing.  We never fully worked out what was wrong with the pizza but it taught me a lesson:

When It Comes to Raw Pizza, Follow The Advice Of The Master!

I have no doubt that the master of the Raw Pizza is Chris Kendall. Chris has been working exclusively on mastering the raw pizza for the last 2 years . But not any old, raw pizza…

….the healthiest and most delicious raw pizzas of all time!

This will change the way you look at what you can do on a raw vegan diet.

You will wow your friends with pizzas so delicious they won’t believe that they are raw and vegan.

You will use these recipes time and time again.

Ever tried to make a raw pizza?

It can be a little dissappointing.  There are 3 parts to get right and if anything goes wrong it just won’t work. Take it from me, listen to the master raw chef Chris Kendall.

He has just released the book today and for a short time there is a sale on to get the book at the very low price on 14.95 dollars (around £10). You can use PayPal to purchase easily.

I recently purchased the book myself and went through it with a friend.  We were both amazed by the quality of the book, and the innovation in the recipes.  It made us immediately want to try them all out.  It also made me think that if I had wanted to work all of these recipes myself it would have taken me years to work out how to do it.

You will love this book! Chris’s recipe are copied in kitchens all over the world because they are simple and they work. Even better they are healthy too!

Get the book today go directly to to get your copy.

This post is not sponsored by Chris and we are not making money from it. We want to support good raw vegan products and authors like Chris because they help further our aim of spreading knowledge and education about the raw vegan lifestyle to our audience and the world.

Fruitarians Featured In The News Worldwide

Fruitarians Featured In The News Worldwide

You may have seen that a Fruitarian couple have been featured a lot online recently.

Simon and Tina, from Fit Shortie Eats on Youtube,  and also @fit_shortie_eats on Instagram have been written about in the Daily Mail online, the Sun, The India Times, The Metro as well as other media sources.

Their story has been shared  in slightly different ways but mostly focuses on the fact that they have eaten “nothing but fruit” for 3 years.

The Daily Mail goes with the headline:


“Couple who’ve eaten nothing but FRUIT for three years claim their extreme diet makes them ‘feel high’ – and say it helps with weight loss and anti-ageing”

You can read more of it HERE

Whereas The Sun goes with:


“Couple who claim they’ve eaten nothing but FRUIT for three years say extreme diet makes them ‘feel high’ – and they no longer brush teeth as ‘fibre cleans them’”

Which you can read HERE

The Couple’s Story

The story is that Tina, from Poland found the Fruitarian diet after doing a pre-Christmas cleanse.  She was happy with her results and to fully commit to the lifestyle she decided to move to Bali to get away from the temptations she had at home and also to discover more exotic fruits.

Simon moved to Bali partly inspired by Tina’s instagram posts and they later met and eventually started a relationship.

They have grown a large following online and are inspiring a lot of people with their story.  It is fantastic to see more Fruitarians getting out there with a positive message.  It also goes to show that the media and people in general, are very interested and curious in stories about the Fruitarian diet.

Perhaps more Fruitarians should be trying to get their story out to the world like this?

The Fruitarian Diet And Teeth

They claim not to have brushed their teeth in years yet their teeth have been better than ever. Tina says:

“When you eat whole fruit the fibre in the fruit cleans out your teeth. I don’t brush my teeth either.

“When I went for a check-up after three years, the dentist called two other dentists to show my teeth to them – my teeth were in such good condition she couldn’t believe it.

“But please don’t try this with dried fruit – as this sticks to your teeth and makes them rot.”

Tina makes a great point about dried fruit.  A lot of people have had problems with their teeth eating fruit but many have potentially had these problems coming from dried fruit, like dates, rather than fresh, juicy fruit.

Still, to limit and potential problems with teeth, it is generally recommended that you have a discussion with your dentist about the state of your teeth and continue to practise good dental hygiene.

Where Can You Learn More?

You can learn more about the couple by searching for the Youtube channel “Fit Shortie Eats” on Youtube or following Tina on instagram: @fit_shortie_eats.







Film Of UK Fruitfest 2018 From “Awkwardly Kim”

One of our attendees from 2018, Kimberley Collins, has made a great short film of the event.  It is hosted on her Youtube channel which you can check out here:

Have a watch of the film below.  It includes footage from FullyRaw Kristina, Ted Carr and Melissa from Raw Food Romance.


Get Paid To Eat Avocado

A recent article published on the Boston Globe website is claiming that there is a new study in which participants will be paid to eat an avocado every day for 6 months.

You can read that article here:

The study seeks to discover what is the effect on body weight of a person consuming one avocado per day.  Most people would assume that as avocados are high in calories and fat that naturally they will make a person gain weight. However, some information suggests this may not be the case.

This topic has been covered somewhat in this video by NutritionFacts youtube channel:

It has been found that avocado eaters are healthier and slimmer, however the question is whether that is anything to do with the avocados themselves or whether it is an indication that avocado eaters generally have a healthier diet.

It appears there has been no conclusive study on this yet, so it will be interesting to see the results.

Four American Universities have teamed up to enroll 1000 people into the trial, called the “Habitual Diet and Avocado Trial”.

If you are anywhere near Tufts University, Loma Linda University, Pennsylvania State University, or University of California, Los Angeles perhaps you can get involved and get free avocado for 6 months!


Indian Website Says Raw Food Diet Is A Growing Sensation Around The World

An Indian website, NDTV, has just released an article claiming that the raw food diet is a growing sensation around the world.  The article gives a lot of positive information about the raw diet and you can read more here:

Raw Food Diet Is A Growing Sensation All Over The World! Here’s Everything You Should Know About It


Here are some of the main points it makes:

Here are six health benefits of consuming a raw food diet:

1. Increase fruit and vegetable consumption: The raw food diet basically consists of vitamin-rich, fresh and sweet fruits and dark green leafy vegetables. Fruits have few calories and keep energized and satisfied throughout the day. The fiber in fruits aids in slow and healthy digestion. Vegetables provide all the essential minerals. Green and leafy vegetables like spinach and kale are rich in protein which is beneficial for muscle strength. Vegetables and fruits can be blended or juiced, added to smoothies and can be consumed in salads as well.

2. Weight loss: The raw diet is believed to be low in fat which helps you in losing weightquickly. It primarily consists of carbohydrates and protein. The fats that are consumed in a raw food diet are unsaturated fats which basically come from nuts, seeds and avocados. Unsaturated fats are much healthier than the saturated fats and do not lead to weight gain.

3. Maintaining a healthy heart: The raw food is a heart-friendly diet as it keeps a check on the cholesterol levels due to its low sodium content. With low added salt, the raw food diet reduces the risk of heart diseases. It allows the heart to pump more efficiently and increase the efficiency of blood flow, thus maintaining a healthy heart.

4. Balanced diet: The raw food diet consists of enough carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals and fats which together constitute a balanced diet. Raw food makes the body feel light, active and alert all day long.

5. Gluten-free: A low-gluten or gluten-free diet is recommended if you are health-conscious. Gluten, which is found mainly in grains, is not easily digested. Grains require cooking in order to be digested; hence they are completely eliminated from the diet.

6. No starving: The best part of eating a raw diet is that it is low in calories. As long as you are eating raw and plant-based foods, you can have as much as you want without the worry of gaining weight. On a raw diet, you can fill your stomach as much with the wonderful fruits and vegetables as your heart desires.

It is rare to see an article that is overwhelmingly positive about a raw food diet.  Feel free to share and leave your comments below.

To learn more about a raw vegan diet and learn over 30 easy to make recipes, you can click on the image below to download our free recipe book:

7 Top Hotspots For Durian Lovers by Lindsay Gasik (

@Durianwriter’s 7 Top Hotspots For Durian Lovers

written by Lindsay Gasik

In 2012 I went durian hunting. I had recently learned that it was possible to eat durian all year long in Southeast Asia if you were willing to jump countries every month or so to stay in the durian season.  I mapped out the season, planned my trip, and created an itinerary for what I thought would be one year of durian feasting.

That’s why I eventually called my blog Year of the Durian.

Now, of course, it’s been seven years of durian. My blog has grown, and now I’m essentially a Durian Travel Agent. I run a small tour company helping durian lovers like you travel to eat the very best durians and exotic wild fruits while having a smooth, comfortable, amazing adventure in Southeast Asia.

These are a seven of my favorite places to durian hunt that you should add to your durian dreams and travel bucket list.

  1. Limbang, Malaysian Borneo

Limbang is a old logging town along a sleepy brown river in central-western Borneo, just along the border with Brunei. The town itself once had a raunchy reputation  — historically, miners and loggers coming back from the jungles needed somewhere to have fun — but the town has quieted down in the last few decades into a few square blocks of Chinese shophouses and a massive, sprawling fruits and vegetable market known as the pasar tamu.  

The town’s proximity to virgin rainforest means that native people still bring an exciting diversity of jungle produce into town. Here you’ll find giant brown Panjang mangoes the size of a coconut, fatty and savory tropical olives known as Dabai, jungle ferns, cempedaks and cempejaks, and durian piled in abundance all over the city.

The durian diversity here is vast, with a number of different species including  Durian Isu Oren (Orange-fleshed Durio graveolens), Durian pulo (Durio kutjensis), Durian kura kura (Durio testudinarum), Seong Kong (Durio zibethinus x graveolens hybrid), Durian Api (Durio dulcis)  


When to go: January

Where to stay: Prime Hotel or Purnama Hotel

How to get there: Take a bus from Brunei or fly into Limbang from Miri. For more information, see my blog posts:


  1. Wonosobo, Java Indonesia

The chilly, scenic Dieng Plateau smokes with volcanic activity. Gorgeous, lush green cones erupt from hillsides blanketed in cassava, potato and an odd kind of mountain papaya, and the sky at this high elevation is blue-blue-blue. Somehow, there are very few tourists but lots of durian. It’s a hidden durian feasting gemstone.


The biggest city is Wonosobo, which sits a little too high for durian, but that’s where you’ll have to stay if you want to visit the durian villages just downhill. These villages nestle against durian forests, where trees over 100 years old drop durians with a particularly sticky texture and smooth, bitter flavor.


Each durian tree here has its own name and renown. Look out for Delly, Merica, Beruk, Getuk, and Durian Lenger, which won a national contest in 2015.


When to go: February or March

Where to stay: Griya Krakatau Homestay, Kresna Hotel or an Airbnb

How to get there: Take a bus or hire a car from Yogyakarta, Java. It’s a four hour drive.


For more information, see my blog posts:




  1. Chanthaburi, Thailand

Chanthaburi is the most famous durian destination on the planet thanks to an annual durian festival every May. The Chanthaburi Durian Festival itself is fairly disappointing for durian lovers, but that shouldn’t rub you the wrong way about Chanthaburi itself. The riverfront city has an eclectic, historic charm to it, and during the peak season there is durian everywhere.


Chanthaburi is the industrial heartland of durian, exporting durian all over the world. The frozen durian you buy in your home grocery probably came from Chanthaburi. About 90% of durian grown here belongs to a single variety  — Monthong — so if you’re not looking, you might decide Chanthaburi is boring. Look harder.


Chanthaburi is also the heartland of durian diversity in Thailand. If you’re willing to hunt a little, you’ll find a number of Thailand’s 234 durian varieties hiding in the morning markets and small family farms. Look for Puangmanee, a brilliantly orange fleshed little durian, as well as it’s cousin Nuanthongchan, a new orangey hybrid between Puangmanee and Monthong, and Nockrachip, Tubtim, Kop Lep Yiao,  Thong Yoi Chat.



When to go: Late April through early June
Where to stay: There’s a lot of options for accommodation in Chanthaburi, but in the city itself I recommend staying along the riverfront at Kasemsarn or Laluluna Riverhouse, across the river near the Cathedral and the winding canal paths at Banchan 9 Homestay, or near the Robinson Department Store at KP Grand. Grant Campbell also organizes annual raw food and health retreats here. Check them out on his website.


How to get there:  Take a bus from Bangkok’s Ekkamai Station. It’s a 4-5 hour drive depending on traffic and costs around 200 baht. A taxi from the Suvarnhabumi airport is around 5,000 baht.


For more information, see my blog posts:


  1. Penang, Malaysia

Penang is the Mecca of the durian world. It draws starved pilgrims from around the globe every season to half-worship the sweet, the bitter, the floral, the stuck-in-your-throat creaminess of the succulent fruits that grow on the island’s steep hillsides.


Located in the northwestern corner of Malaysia, Penang Island was an important trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries and was settled by Indian, Chinese, British and Muslim traders who created a diverse melting pot of culture and cuisine. The island is a culinary hub, the hunting ground of food bloggers and weekend food warriors, and its durian culture is highly developed, snobbish, and focused on freshness, quality, and overall excellence.



Since the island is so small, the best way to experience Penang’s high quality durian is to visit a small farm, have the farmer pick out a durian tasting flight for you, and enjoy the views from the mountain. You can also stay overnight at a farmstay so you can pick up fresh durian as it falls. Top varieties in Penang include Red Prawn, Hor Lor, Kun Poh, Green Skin 15, Kapri, and  — if you’re brave enough to dare the mainland side — Black Thorn and D101.


When to go: Late May through early July
Where to stay: There’s a lot of options for accommodation in George Town. Good mid-range options include Kim Haus, 1926 Heritage Hotel, Tido Hostel, Cintra Heritage Hotel, but if you’re durian hunting you might as well go stay at a durian farmstay, like Green Acres Penang or Nature Fruit Farm Resort.


How to get there:  Penang has a well-connected international airport with cheap flights on Air Asia. It’s usually worth flying versus taking a bus. Direct flights from Kuala Lumpur take about 45 minutes.


For more information, see my new book, The Durian Tourist’s Guide to Penang.

Or read some blog posts:




  1. Bentong, Malaysia


Nestled in the foggy hills just east of Kuala Lumpur, Bentong is renown for its sticky and smooth highland durians. It’s just a short one-hour drive from the big city, and is a popular with  motorcyclists and bicyclists who take the winding scenic highway for a Saturday jaunt to visit the famous morning market and hit up a few durian farms.

There are a number of durian stalls in the downtown area, as well as a full-time durian shop with all kinds of durian ice creams and chips and other durian goodies, but most people will head directly out to the farms to eat the durians at their freshest. It’s best to have either your own transportation or stay at one of the two farmstays that offer accommodation.

Here you’ll find a plethora of Malaysia’s #1 export durian, Musang King, but the Bentong area really specializes in three pale, creamy, and fleshy durian: D24, Tekkah, and D88. Tekkahs yellow-ivory flesh is the most herbal and bitter, while D88 is tinged with pink and is the milkiest.

When to go: late June through early August
Where to stay: The downtown area has a number of cheap hotels, the best of which is (in my opinion) EV World, or Golden Peak Inn just outside of the downtown area. A better option is  Airbnb up on the hill, owned by a durian farmer. Both Jimmy’s Farm and the Watergate Villa have durian orchards on the property.



For more information, see my blog posts:

  1. Davao, Philippines

Davao is perhaps the best bang for your durian buck. During the peak season, the city and surrounding areas drown in durian, and you can find all the most popular Malaysian and Thai varieties  — D101, Red Prawn, Musang King, D24, Chanee, Kradumthong, Monthong, Ganyao — hidden in the stacks of some of the city’s best sit-down durian restaurants and farms.


Davao City is located on the southernmost island of the Philippines, Mindanao. The city itself is enormous and crowded, with more than 1.5 million inhabitants. Traffic is chaotic, the old army jeeps roaming the streets emit black smoke, and the heat is intense  — but Davaoeños

literally walk around singing. The people, the cheap prices, and the durian make Davao a hotspot for vegans and fruitarians, who center around a very chic cafe called the Vegan Dinosaur for the annual fruit season and vegan-fruit festival, the Madayaw Fruit Festival.

The durian drawback with Davao is that the durian quality really ranges a lot. The cheapest stuff is almost inedible; picked early, loaded with chemicals and kept around until overripe and sour. It’s best to go to a reputable farmstand or durian stall, or head out into the countryside to explore the farms and roadside stalls where the durian is freshest.


When to go: August and September, during the Madayaw Fruit Festival

Where to stay: The Evergreen is the closest budget option to the Magsaysay Durian Park, but the area is pretty trafficky and chaotic so you might consider upgrading to the Pinnacle Hotel nearby.  To get out of the thick of the city head to Times Beach and Marton Suites Hotel, within walking distance of the SM City Mall and Bernard’s Stall (where you can get Red-fleshed Durio  graveolens).


Can’t stand the city? Head to Calinan or Kidapawan for the Kalivungan Festival.


How to get there:  Kuala Lumpur now has a direct flight to Davao City. Otherwise you have to connect through either Cebu or Manila  — probably my most hated airport (the Cebu airport is great).


For more information, see my blog posts:


  1. Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo (November)

Kota Kinabalu, or KK, is the laidback capital of Sabah, the northern Malaysian state on the island of Borneo. It’s a beach city, with a pale-sand beaches, sparkling islands just off shore, and a long central market along the waterfront loaded with goodies from the jungle.

Sabah is one of the cleanest and quietest places to visit in Malaysia. It’s a hotspot for nature lovers, who visit to climb Mount Kinabalu and see orangutans, elephants, proboscis monkeys, and other animals in the wild. There’s also an insane number of wild fruits and wild durians in Sabah. As the largest city, with the largest markets, Kota Kinabalu is one of the easiest places to get your hands on exotic jungle durians.

During the right season, you can easily find durians with dark red flesh, pink flesh, deep orange flesh, candy-yellow flesh, or the normal off-white-yellow. The bright red fleshed durian, although attractive, has little flavor and is likely to disappoint you   — but it’s still amazing to try! Instead look for Durio oxleyanus, with it’s crazy curling green spikes and condensed milk coffee flavor, Durio kinabaluensis with it’s cherry liqueur pop, and the bright orange Dalit, Durio graveolens, as sticky and nutty as almond butter.

When to go: November and December

Where to stay: My preferred place to stay is just outside the city, within walking distance of the airport and the beach. The Dock In is a good budget spot, however you’ll need to take a taxi or bus to get to the market. For easier access to the markets and Durian Street, try Space Cap or La Viva.


How to get there:  Kuala Lumpur has direct flights to Kota Kinabalu for low prices.


For more information, see my blog posts:



Lindsay is the durian obsessive behind the travel website, Year of the Durian. She’s based in Southeast Asia and travel incessantly hunting durian and creating maps, blog posts, and other resources for other durian hunters so they can easily get some really tasty durian.


Find Health, Vitality, Fitness and Massive Amounts of Energy – The Easy Way

Immersion has been shown again and again to be the best way to make a change or to really commit to something new in your life, especially when it is a well-trained habit like eating.

And learning from those who have been truly doing it for decades, but were once where you are, is one of the second most tried and true rules for accelerated learning.

Dr. Graham has been living the raw vegan lifestyle fully for 30 years, but was once a “regular guy” when it came to diet-even when he was a gymnast and medaled coach.

As Dr. Graham recounts:
“Over 40 years ago now, I ate meat, fish, chicken, cheese, loads of candy, 3 meat sandwiches on a hard roll for lunch every day with butter and mayo. Ice cream several times per day, sometimes a quart or two per day. 2 pizzas for dinner was good. I ate tons of fruit and veg too, but I thought nothing of eating a pound of steak for dinner. I’d go to the local ice cream place (Buxton’s) and eat their “impossible challenge” (The Big Bux) which you got for free if you ate two. I don’t remember eating two, but one easy, and it was HUGE. I ate a lot of everything as an athlete kid, and had the acne to prove it. So I know what it takes to move from a really SAD diet to raw vegan.”

The FoodnSport Team has all been living the lifestyle for 5 years plus and all came from various backgrounds of eating SAD (Standard American Diet), diabetic, sick, fat, tired-you name it!

They all understand and empathize with where you are at (wherever that is), but more importantly, they know what it takes and they know the tricks and tips to make it happen faster and more easy than anyone else. Dr. Graham has personally worked with thousands of people and knows what works, what doesn’t and how to accelerate your results!

Recently we noticed that there wasn’t one easy place to get a taste for Dr. Graham’s FoodnSport Retreats, so here it is! Access some great videos, information and testimonials. Then link to the retreat pages for everything you need to know once you decide on a few favorites!

If you’re getting started, then the 80/10/10 Food & Lifestyle Retreat is for you. It takes the best tips and tricks, as well as the fundamental education you need to start off on the right foot and stay there. We cover social and family issues, food preparation and the importance of fitness. This is a full 3-Day Retreat from September 20th – 24th 2018.

Dr. Graham’s Foodnsport retreats are unlike any I’ve ever attended. The attention to detail, plush setting, and in-depth teaching is second to none. If you can come, I recommend:
P.S. They also have a few spots open in the 80/10/10 Culinary Skills Week retreat beginning September 5th and running through 13th.