Spring is perhaps the most beautiful of the four seasons that we enjoy here in Canberra, the capital city of Australia. Perhaps as a celebration of sunshine and warmer days, there are festivals and events galore — including Floriade and Nightfest, the Canberra International Film Festival, The Canberra Latin Dance Festival, Tidbinbilla Extravaganza, as well as — perhaps one of my absolute favourites — the Thai Food and Cultural Festival, which is held at Sala Thai on the grounds of the Royal Thai Embassy.
Mark your diaries for this one, folks, as it is one of the highlights of the festival calendar and promises a great day out for young and old alike. In fact, I would go as far as to say that it is too good a thing to miss!
This year, the Festival will take place on Sunday, 21 September between 11am and 5.00pm. The Royal Thai Embassy is located at 111 Empire Circuit in Yarralumla, ACT. Entry to the Festival is free.
Thai culture is the focus of the event, which features Thai dance, music and martial arts. There are fun activities for children, with games and prizes to be won. Several of Canberra's best Thai restaurants set up marquees and sell a range of sumptuous foods, as my postcards from the 2013 event will show. I don't know about you, but after looking at these photos my mouth is watering already!
My recommendations are that you take a picnic rug, wear layers of clothing (as the weather can quickly change from warm to cool), slap on sunscreen and a hat, and, perhaps, take bottles of drinking water with you. Oh, and please don't park on the median strip in the centre of Adelaide Avenue, as you will run the risk of (a) receiving a parking infringement or, worse still, (b) getting hit by a car as you cross that extremely busy road!
For more information about events and happenings in and around Canberra, pop into the Visit Canberra web site.
Postcards from the 2013 Thai Food and Cultural Festival...
A celebration of Thai culture...
A celebration of Thai food...
Tell me dear readers, is Thai food a favourite of yours too? Is there a festival at the Royal Thai Embassy in your part of the world? Perhaps you've been to Thailand. Do please share your stories with me.
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