Seven countries namely the Philippines, India, New Zealand, the United States, France, Poland and Indonesia are confirmed to take part in the International Flower Festival that is scheduled to take place in the Flower City of Tomohon on the slopes of Mt. Lokon, some 22 km from the capital city of Manado, North Sulawesi.
To be held from 8-12 August 2015, highlight of which is the Flowers parade, some 37 floats will roll along the main streets of Tomohon carrying an array of displays in flowers, watched by cheering crowds. Next to international participants are floats from companies, state enterprises, regencies across Indonesia and more.
Prior to the parade a number of exciting and participative activities are being held in town, as follows:
The Flower Queen National Pageant, : 7 – 11 August 2015
A Tourism, Investment, Trade, and Floriculture Seminar : 8 – 12 August 2015
Indonesian Cultural Performances: 8 – 12 August 2015
10K run around the Tomohon Linow Lake: on 7 August 2015
Gateball Tournament: 7th and 8th August 2015
Marching Band Parade to break the Indonesian MURI record : 9th August 2015
Seminar Developing Destinations in East Indonesia (for APEKSI Komwil VI members): 7th August 2015
Seminar on Asian Churches : 7th and 8th August 2015
To publicize the Flower Parade, the government of Tomohon held a promotional campaign along Kuta Beach on Bali on 24 July to attract foreign tourists who daily flock to Bali , in particular to this popular beach, to also visit Tomohon as another attractive Indonesian destination.
This biannual event which was started in 2008 has gained plenty of popularity since.
The town of Tomohon is a cool mountain resort covering 35 villages and 5 sub-districts. Because of its refreshing and cool climate, houses along the road are seen decorated with pretty and colorful flowers. Tomohon is also the center for Christian religious learning.
When in Tomohon do visit its traditional market which offers a wide variety of flowers, vegetables and meats. As for food, North Sulawesi is famous for its mouth-watering food, so there are many restaurants here to choose from. But Muslims do beware, though, as the population here is mostly Christian, many restaurants serve pork.
To get to Tomohon, there are plenty of taxis and public transportation that ply between Manado and Tomohon. Daily flights serve Manado from Jakarta, Bali and other main cities.