Southeast Asia’s First UNESCO-listed Creative City to Hold Gastronomy Festival
The Tourism of Thailand (TAT) Phuket Office, in collaboration with Phuket Province and Phuket City Municipality, is organising the “Phuket Tasty Fest 2018” from 1 to 2 September at the 72nd Anniversary Queen Sirikit Park – also known as “Dragon Park” on Thalang Road.
The event is aimed at boosting tourism during Thailand’s Green Season. It also spotlights Phuket gastronomic delights recognised in UNESCO Creative City listing, as the first city in Thailand and Southeast Asia as well as being one of only 18 cities worldwide that has been accredited in the category by UNESCO.
Later this year, Phuket food culture will shine again with the launch of the new Michelin Guide Bangkok, Phuket and Phang Nga 2019.
“Phuket is a unique and culturally diverse area for its local delicacies, seafood, halal food and vegetarian fare,” said Noppadon Kompon TAT’s Deputy Governor to The Phuket News.
Visitors will be spoiled for choice throughout the two-day Phuket Tasty Fest 2018, as “Phuket Food Culture Poised for Global Stardom” has many different zones, offering a wide array of food.
These range from Phuket iconic dishes such as Mi Hokkien (Chinese Malay noodle fare), Mi Hun Ba Chang (rice vermicelli noodles with pork spare rib soup), and Oh Tao (fried small oysters mixed with taro, shrimp, pork crackling and spring onions) to fresh seafood.
There are many other culinary delights to suit every appetite, including fusion food from modern kitchens, halal food and a comprehensive range of desserts. There are also signature dishes from 14 provinces across Thailand’s Southern Region.
Meanwhile, the DIY – do it yourself – zone offers opportunities for food lovers to try a hand at cooking local Phuket dishes.
“This has been well received by trade partners such as the Wongnai website and Michelin Guide Book,” Noppadon added.
Visitors need not worry about handling cash, as the Government Savings Bank’s “GSB Pay” is providing cashless payment services via its QR code at the event. Food at the event can also be ordered in advance via a smartphone app.
According to TAT official statement, in line with the TAT’s responsible tourism policy, the TAT Phuket Office is encouraging visitors and shop owners to reduce plastic and foam usage. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own food containers.
The two-day event will also feature cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs from the Iron Chef Thailand, cocktail making exhibition featuring Thailand’s champion bartenders, live music by Thai singers and bands, contemporary show by contestants from Thailand’s Got Talent.