Thousands of people braved Canberra's wind and cold to enjoy a day of delicious Thai food, crafts, live entertainment and exquisite cultural performances which included jazz bands, traditional and classical Thai music and dance, as well as Thai kick boxing.
The Festival was launched at Sala Thai, Royal Thai Embassy, by His Excellency, Dr Kriangsak Kittichaisaree, Thai Ambassador, who was accompanied by his wife, M.L. Sarapee. Guests were invited to view the Royal Project Exhibition. The Royal Project Foundation was established in 1969 to help the hill tribes of northern Thailand by offering them alternatives to growing opium poppies, educating them about the need to protect the environment and grow more sustainable crops, such as European fruits and Arabica coffee.
The Festival's many food stalls highlighted the talents of chefs from Canberra's best Thai restaurants, such as Thai Time, Thai Chilli Kitchen, Rice, Panthong Thai, Sai Tara Thai, Charlie's Salathai, Zen Yai, and River Kwai, among others. There was also a stall run by the Royal Thai Embassy, with head chef Sorawit Meejimda cooking Pad Thai and other delights.
For details of the Thai Food and Cultural Festival event bookmark the website for the Royal Thai Embassy.