HUNDREDS of people descended on a city park this weekend as a popular festival returned.
Hoglands Park in Southampton was a hub of activity on Saturday July 2 and Sunday July 3 thanks to the Southampton Thai Festival.
Held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the two-day event transported locals and visitors to Thailand for the weekend.
“We are really excited”
Organizer Joon Thanaleelapalin said: “We are really excited about this year’s festival as we have brought something new this year which includes tuk tuk tours.
“We had a good response. We sold a lot of prepaid tickets and people were really excited about the festival. »
Visitors could enjoy a plethora of activities, entertainment and food at the festival, from a tuk tuk tour for just £4 to Thai boxing.
Brett Winchcomb, member of the organizing team, said: “Thai boxing is an integral part of Thai culture and it is quite brutal.
“They have stadiums in Bangkok as big as Wembley for people to watch, it’s crazy.”
Variety of booths
Besides the thrilling entertainment, the festival offered a wide range of Thai dishes.
Stalls housing Dim Sum, Thai desserts, Thai curries and Singha beer lined the park.
The Thai Stir Fry ice cream stand was popular with festival-goers due to its fascinating creation process.
Company owner Chris Hedges said: “We make it by pouring flavored cream onto a very cold plate, then chopping it up and turning it into a dessert.
“We travel around the country doing Thai festivals and this is about the fourth or fifth time we’ve been to Southampton.
“We had a good response to ice cream. You can’t get cooler than that.
“It’s really important to have all these Thai booths at this festival.”
Anna and Andy Guest traveled from Petersfield for a weekend and decided to visit the festival with their dogs Casper and Poppy.
Anna said, “We’ve never been to a Thai festival before, but it shows that it’s a multicultural place.”
Andy added: “I just had a Thai massage and it was amazing.”
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