The story of fruit and vegetable carving originated in the Kingdom of Thailand in the Sukhothai dynasty 700 years ago. In celebration of the Loi Trathong Festival, one of the king’s servants made carvings of flowers, birds, swans and rabbits from common fruits and vegetables, to make her krathong more beautiful. “Loi” means “to float” and “Krathong” is a raft traditionally made from a section of banana tree trunk. (Today, many use syrofoam.) The festival is held at the full moon in December where many people release small, decorated rafts of flowers, candles and incense onto the river to thank the soul of water for all their blessings.
One of the competitors from the Fantasy Fruit Sculptures was James Parker. He has a company called “Veggy Art,” located in Chantilly, Virginia, about 10 miles out of Washington D.C. For $750, you can have a personally tailored class to meet your individual needs that will last approximately 5-6 hours. A class with 2 students is $500 per student and group classes (3 or more) are $350 per student. Veggy Art’s company slogan is, “Fashion For Food.” Wouldn’t you love to have some of these carved fruit centerpieces at your wedding reception? Parker doesn’t say how much he charges for his masterpieces (you know what that means), but why not try to find someone locally?
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