Dallas natives know that our metroplex boasts an enormous melting pot of diverse cultures and deep traditions. Often revealed by word-of-mouth or a Secret Local List or two, hidden cultural gems by way of food and shopping often hold the key to many authentic global tastes and treasures. Only a handful of Dallas events present such experiences on a grand scale, offering locals a treat for all senses from a faraway land.
Returning for its second year, the Thai Culture & Food Festival will be more than just a treat – it will be an unprecedented experience, wrapping up the celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Free and family-friendly, various restaurateurs, artisans, performers, and dignitaries will gather for the unparalleled event, taking place May 23 – 24 at the illustrious grounds of the Buddhist Center of Dallas. We at DFW Style Daily were permitted a sneak peek at the festival at a recent press event, so we write from direct experience when detailing the delights in store.
While sipping on refreshing Thai tea, visitors to the festival are welcomed with appetizing dish selections from all four regions of Thailand. Traditional favorites of Pad Thai, Green Curry, and spicy papaya salad top the list, with the ever-so-addicting sticky rice with mango being a noted highlight. Vegan dishes and authentic Thai cuisine are among the many spotlights of the festival’s food bazaar.
Naturally, our appetite for shopping is even greater, with a Made in Thailand pop-up shop satisfying those insatiable cravings. From scarves to Thai fishermen haram pants and more, the Thai marketplace will house the works of beautifully handcrafted Thai gifts, fashion designs, accessories, and décor – offering a wealth of artisan selections that are not available anywhere else in town.
During the two-day event, several stages will host dance and music performances, plus multiple Muay Thai boxing matches. Guided tours of the Buddhist Center of Dallas temple will be available – an opportunity that we can humbly attest should not be missed.
Predicted to usher in upwards of tens of thousands of guests, the Thai Culture & Food Festival will take place May 23 – 24, 2015, at The Buddhist Center of Dallas (8484 Stults Road). Admission and parking are free, and proceeds from the sale of food and goods will benefit the Thai Community Center of North Texas and the Buddhist Center of Dallas. For more information, visit ThaiFestDallas.com.