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Date posted: 09/27/2013

Enjoy Delicious Food at the LA Thai Food Festival!

Although it is many thousands of miles away across the ocean, in actual fact Los Angeles is considered to be the ‘77th Province’ of Thailand, being the location of the world’s first ever Thai Town and home to two thirds of the Thai population in California. That makes Los Angeles the largest congregation of Thai people living in an area outside of Thailand itself. It will come as no surprise, then, that the popularity of the unique cuisine which comes from the Eastern country is gaining popularity at a rapid rate across the state. To celebrate this increasing profile and widespread popularity, on September 29th the accomplished celebrity chef and Thai Culinary Ambassador Jet Tila, in a unique partnership with the Thai Trade Centre, will be hosting the first ever Thai Food Festival. Named BKK 2 LAX after the country’s two airports, the day will be full of culture and cookery and the five key flavours of Thai food. Those staying at one of the hotels close to Paramount Pictures Studio should be sure to check out the festival!

The festival is being held at the Paramount Pictures Studio on Melrose Avenue. Residents of the city as well as visitors from further afield will be attending, to join in with discussion panels, demonstrations and to sample various dishes cooked by expert professional chefs. Amongst the big names in attendance will be numerous Thai and American personalities from the world of cookery, including Susan Feniger of STREET, Kris Yenbamroong from Night + Market and Sang Yoon of Lukshon. Moreover, Evan Kleiman from KCRW’s Good Food show will be at the festival, as will Andy Ricker from Pok Pok and David LeFevre from Fishing With Dynamite at the MB Post. Food will also be served by a number of street food vendors and authentically Thai restaurants from across LA, representing all four regions of Thailand. These include Jitlada, Pa Ord, Ruen Pair, Thai Nakorn, Bhan Kanom Thai, Thai Society, Lum Ka Naad, Siam Sunset and the Sapp Coffee Shop in addition to several others.

Cultural demonstrations will also be prevalent on the day, including a Muay Thai performance and traditional Thai dances. Guests will be able to take part in umbrella painting and Thai fruit carving to really get an understanding of Thai culture and artwork.

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