The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has high hopes for the upcoming festival, believing it will serve as a powerful tool to attract more tourists, particularly food enthusiasts excited about trying unique Thai street food. Deputy TAT Governor Apichai Chatchalermkit told the media on Monday that the festival’s primary goal is to highlight Thailand’s incredible culinary offerings, particularly those special dishes unique to various provinces and communities.
The expectation is that the festival will encourage international travelers to explore and savor the delicious dishes available in various regions of the country. The CentralWorld festival will feature four main activities:
• Creative Cooking: Visitors can witness captivating cooking demonstrations.
• Chef’s Table: Renowned international chefs will present their signature dishes. The roster includes Jacob Jan Boerma, David Gil Rovira, Alejandro Huertas, Ruben Arnanz, Riley Sanders, SAITO, Rick Dingen, Nelson Chantrawan, and Thai chef Chumpol Jangprai.
• Street Food: Invited chefs will curate their personal take on Thai street food.
• Fine-Dining Workshop: Guests can learn valuable tips on preparing gourmet meals.
In addition, the event will feature five distinct zones:
• International: A variety of international restaurants will offer their delicacies in this zone, including Duc de Praslin, Chilryang Korean Restaurant and Pottery Shop, Hainan Chicken Rice Restaurant, Maison Eric Kayser, Pizzeria I Masanielli di Francesco Martucci, and Bissou French restaurant, among others.
• Michelin Guide: This zone will spotlight dishes from several Michelin-starred establishments such as R-Haan, PenLaos, Chim by Siam Wisdom, and 26 Braised Beef Yih Sahp Luhk.
• Outstanding Restaurants: Showcasing restaurants from various parts of Thailand, including Prem Phuket, Papa Tofu, Table Tales Koh Mak, Arun Thai Cuisine by See Fah, The Gardener Khaoyai, Sea Bangkok, and Namba Shabu, among others.
• Street Food: Foodies will love this zone, which features crowd favorites like Por Satay, Barbecue Pork by Uncle Uan from Silom, Chai’s Grilled Squid, Je Kaek’s Khanom Khrok (griddle cakes), and Pinn Chinese Street Food.
• Café: Coffee aficionados can indulge in their perfect brew from esteemed cafés such as ANA Cuisine, Hai Coffee Roaster, Roots Coffee Roaster, and Roaster Runner.
To complement the gastronomic extravaganza, well-known artists and bands like Palmy, Yes’sir Days, Klear, Getsunova, and Paradox will entertain attendees with live musical performances.
The Bangkok International Food Festival will take place from this Friday to next Tuesday, running from 3 pm to 10 pm daily.