Thai Festival 2017
If you were one of the thousands who headed down to Artbox Singapore with high expectations of the famed Thai hipster market, you may have left the event squashed and sweaty.
Visitors to the event had to navigate a sea of strangers under the sweltering Singapore heat, and endure long waiting times for food and drinks, and as result they may not have had the time or energy to get as much of Thai culture as they could.
Well, don’t fret, as here comes another chance — prepare yourself for the Thai Festival 2017, that’ll be happening next weekend.
And just like Artbox, admission is free!
Traditional Thai Market
Unlike the more “hipster” Artbox, the Thai Festival is more like a traditional Thai market.
Which means apart from the usual lip-smacking Thai delicacies, visitors can also feast their eyes on cultural dance acts, Muay Thai performances and cooking shows.
Take a look at the displays held during last year’s festival:
Here’s a video from last year’s festival to pique your interest:
But what makes or breaks a festival is ultimately the food.
If you’re looking to start off with something light on the stomach, you can go for bite-sized fried Thai rice balls to warm up your taste buds.
Meat enthusiasts can look forward to sinking their canines in the juicy Northeastern Thai sausages.
Thai grilled pork skewers, also known as mu-ping, is a popular street food in Thailand that will get satay lovers trembling in excitement. How can one resist this delectable stick of goodness?
Satisfy your sweet tooth by digging into mango sticky rice — a traditional Thai dessert that is served warm or at room temperature. It is made of glutinous rice, coconut milk and mango.
If the inner sweetaholic in you is still not satisfied, you can pick up modern snacks to binge on at home.
And of course what’s a Thai festival without the renowned Thai milk tea?
Watch in awe as servers expertly concoct your beverage with their flashy moves.
If you somehow still have money left after the foodventure, you can look to splurge the rest on clothes, accessories, household products and souvenirs.
These fruit-themed hand soaps might be perfect for brightening up your bathroom.
The wide range of colourful clothes will leave you spoilt for choice.
You can also pick up a few pieces of accessories or jewellery to mix and match with your new pieces of clothing.
And there are handicraft items such as phone cases, card holders and passport holders that can be bought as souvenirs for yourself.
That’s not all — the festival has something that every Singaporean like to take part in — a lucky draw.
Spend $20 on Thai products, and you can stand a chance to win a pair of Thai Airways tickets to Bangkok, among a host of other prizes.
If you fancy a trip to Koh Samui instead, all you have to do is upload your photos from the Thai Festival onto Instagram with the hashtag #ThaiFestSG and you may be the winner of a pair of tickets there, via Bangkok Airways.
The festival is accessible too — it will be held at The Royal Thai Embassy, which is a stone’s throw away from Orchard MRT.
So you can take a leisurely 8-minute stroll to the festival from the station.
Date: May 4 to 7, 2017
Time: 10am to 9pm
Venue: Royal Thai Embassy, Orchard Road
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