Taste of Thailand in Penang

Visitors buying Thai food at the Thai Festival Penang 2019 held at Straits Quay. — Photos: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

VISITORS at Thai Festival Penang 2019 experienced various Thai cuisines, brought home local merchandise, enjoyed Thai performances and participated in a few hands-on activities.

The three-day festival, which was held at Straits Quay in George Town, Penang, was the 7th edition of its kind.

Throughout this event, Penangites and visitors enjoyed shopping for Thai products and eating Thai food right here in Penang without taking the long journey to Thailand.

Among the visitors were Nicola Owen and her family, who had been staying in Malaysia for the past two years.

“We live nearby and we saw the setup a few days ago. We are very interested in Thai culture and we bought some Thai food.

“My son, Yannick, also enjoyed watching the Thai performances, ” the 48-year-old director of her own company said.

Thai Consul-General in Penang Raschada Jiwalai said the Thai Festival 2019 had once again featured mouthwatering authentic Thai cuisine, quality merchandise and beautiful handicraft in 38 booths.

“The objective was not only to promote Thai food and products while showcasing Thai culture, but we also put emphasis on engaging and giving back to the local community.

Chow (left) hitting the gong to launch the Thai Festival Penang 2019. With him is Raschada (right).Chow (left) hitting the gong to launch the Thai Festival Penang 2019. With him is Raschada (right).

“Visitors had the opportunity to enjoy Thai traditional performances and music, cooking demonstrations and Thai delicacy workshops.

“By participating in the lucky draw, visitors got the chance to win one round-trip flight ticket from Penang to Bangkok, sponsored by Thai Smile Airways, and two round-trip flight tickets from AirAsia. There were also dinner vouchers sponsored by George Town Heritage Hotels.

“We even invited NGOs such as Buddhist Tzu Chi Merits Society and Tenaganita to join us by occupying stalls to promote their activities on environment conservation, humanitarian assistance and human rights protection, ” he said.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, who launched the festival, said Thailand has always been one of the favourite destinations for Malaysians.

“We also like to buy Thai handicraft and relish different types of Thai food and fruits.

Dancers performing a Thai cultural dance during the festival.Dancers performing a Thai cultural dance during the festival.

“For this festival, the Royal Thai Consul-General has brought in, I can say, “a miniature Thailand” into Penang.

“The Thai Festival compliments the state government’s continuous effort to elevate the status of Penang as the cultural and culinary destination for Asian food lovers and the food capital of Asia, ” he said.

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