The Magic of Thailand Festival returns to Brighton for an annual two day event

THOUSANDS of people enjoyed a taste of Thailand this weekend… without leaving Sussex.

The two-day event came to the city after touring the country over the summer.

The celebrations began at 10:00 am on Saturday and Sunday and lasted until 7:00 pm, with many events for families and visitors to get a taste of Thai culture.

A wide range of Thai activities and entertainment were offered, including live cooking demonstrations, authentic cuisine, carvings and produce, Thai boxing demonstrations, ladyboy shows, amusement rides, a Thai beer garden, traditional music and dance, and massage booths.

The Argus: Magic of Thailand Festival at Preston Park, Brighton - 20th & 21st August

There was even an “I’m British… Get Me Out of Here!” eating contest.

The sunny weekend was a complete success. People of all ages took part in the activities and tasted the wide variety of different foods and drinks.

Among the guests at the celebrations was Duncan Ladkin from Hollingbury, who took his dog with him.

Duncan said: “It’s great, the sun is shining, lots of good looking food and good music.

“It’s our first time at the festival but I’ve been to Thailand a few times and a lot of the food stalls and things look like they’ve been brought straight from the country. It is great.

“Preston Park is obviously a lot easier to get to.”

The Argus: Duncan LadkinDuncan Ladkin

One of the organisers, Daniel Biggs, said: “It was great, the response we’ve had from everyone is great.

“Everyone wanted to get out, enjoy other cultures, of course traveling has been difficult in the last two years, so we offer a little taste of going abroad.

“We’re very family oriented, kids come in for free so it’s a nice exposure for them too, to see different things, taste different things, smell different things.

“Brighton has a special energy, even when we arrived and the field was empty and we set up the event, you could just see the energy of the city – it’s really enthusiastic and happy.”

The Argus: Daniel and Eve on stage at the Magic of Thailand FestivalDaniel and Eve on stage at Magic of Thailand Festival

Eve Khunjirateerawat, who is co-hosting the event on the main stage with Daniel, said: “Everything was great, we love bringing a little bit of Thailand to the UK. I’m really enjoying it so far.”

Daniel and Eve are traveling with their teams to the final event of the summer tour in Ealing in London in the week after next. The Magic of Thailand Festival returns to Brighton for an annual two day event

Fry Electronics Team

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