Inaugural Thaithentic Food and Culture Festival Celebrates Thai American Experience in New York
With the support of the Royal Thai Consulate General in New York, Gotham Food Network and Singha Beer are launching the inaugural Thaithentic Food and Culture Festival, a celebration highlighting Thai food, Thai culture and the ThaiAmerican experience in New York City on August 23 at Espace in Manhattan.
The Thaithentic Food and Culture Festival, the first Thai-themed food festival in the NYC area, seeks to educate New Yorkers aboutThailand and Thai culture through a presentation of food from celebrated chefs, including Hong Thaimee of Iron Chef and Ngam Restaurant and renowned Thai chef Pichet Ong. The festival also will feature live traditional Thai music and dance performances, fanciful and delectable food presentations, such as an edible dessert display, and a number of cultural attractions.
“There is so much more to Thai food and culture than is currently known at the moment in the States. With support from our sponsorship partners, the Thaithentic Food and Culture Festival will elevate people’s perception of what it means to be Thai,” said Manus Chaorinuea, founder and CEO of Gotham Food Network.
Pichet Ong, consultant at Qi restaurants, said, “Thai cuisine appeals to many different palates. In the same way, the Thaithentic Food and Culture Festival aims to engage NYC’s diverse residents and present traditional Thai food, art and music. As a chef and a ThaiAmerican, it is an honor to give New Yorkers an authentic taste of Thailand’s rich culture.”
The event will feature more than 30 food and beverage vendors including SriPraPhai restaurant, Jaiya Thai, Pongsri Thai, Rhong Tiam, Spice, Room Service and Zabb Elee, as well as performances by local Thai traditional dancers and musicians. General admission is $45 and doors will open at 8 p.m.; VIP tickets, $70, include early entry from 7-8 p.m. Tickets include food and beverage tastings and access to Thaithentic’s marketplace. Espace is located at 635 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036.