A taste of the exotic - crowds wowed at Bournemouth's annual Thai Food Festival

MOVES: Dancers from Thai Dance UK appeared at the Bournemouth Thai Food Festival at The Triangle

YUMMY: The Bournemouth Thai Food Festival at The Triangle

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VISITORS to Bournemouth this bank holiday may feel as if they’re in an altogether more exotic country.

For blue skies and warm temperatures have lit up the annual Thai Food Festival, which this year takes place in the Triangle, rather than its usual home in the Square.

And anyone who has missed the fun so far will still be able to visit for the final day today.

Organiser Piyanan Tepnarin, who is also headteacher of Bournemouth Thai Language and Culture School, said: “There’s so much going on to celebrate the Thai culture.

“As well as the food here, we have traditional dancing and more. We want to present customs from Thailand to people here in Bournemouth.”

The free event raises funds for the school at the Bourne Spring Centre in St Mary’s Road, which is for children with Thai parents.

Piyanan said: “This is our 11th year here holding a Thai event for the town.

“We also run a paid-for event at Kings Park on August 2 and 3, but this is completely free and raises money for the school.”

On Saturday Esme Hayes-Payne, 14, and little sister Tilly, eight, said: “We’re having a nice day.

“The food is lovely.”

Joyce Holder, 67, said: “There’s a big range of things to try.

“I’ve not been before but it’s a nice event.

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8:44am Mon 5 May 14

RM says...

I was there yesterday - great event, great atmosphere. Thanks to all concerned. Only downside was overflowing bins - how often do the Council empty them?
I was there yesterday - great event, great atmosphere. Thanks to all concerned. Only downside was overflowing bins - how often do the Council empty them? RM
  • Score: 7

8:49am Mon 5 May 14

spooki says...

Saturday there were groups of people wandering round the Square looking for it.
People in the coffee shops near the triangle were complaining the smell from the stalls was putting them off their coffee.
Great job!
Saturday there were groups of people wandering round the Square looking for it. People in the coffee shops near the triangle were complaining the smell from the stalls was putting them off their coffee. Great job! spooki
  • Score: -5

9:05am Mon 5 May 14

KLH says...

The food does look fantastic - one question though, do all the food stalls have the same dishes, walking round yesterday and all the stalls had almost identical dishes on each. All look lovely though!!
The food does look fantastic - one question though, do all the food stalls have the same dishes, walking round yesterday and all the stalls had almost identical dishes on each. All look lovely though!! KLH
  • Score: 3

9:46am Mon 5 May 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Thai massage with your clothes on and no happy ending was being offered outside m&s for £ 29 an hour.
Seems rather steep, I declined
Thai massage with your clothes on and no happy ending was being offered outside m&s for £ 29 an hour. Seems rather steep, I declined Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -1

10:51am Mon 5 May 14

KLH says...

spooki wrote:
Saturday there were groups of people wandering round the Square looking for it.
People in the coffee shops near the triangle were complaining the smell from the stalls was putting them off their coffee.
Great job!
Didn't put me off mine Spooki - nothing puts me off my coffee!! How can the smell of food put them off their coffee if they are in a café anyway.

Beggars, drinkers and druggies are more offputting and we have to put up with them every single day, not a few days of speciality food stalls.
[quote][p][bold]spooki[/bold] wrote: Saturday there were groups of people wandering round the Square looking for it. People in the coffee shops near the triangle were complaining the smell from the stalls was putting them off their coffee. Great job![/p][/quote]Didn't put me off mine Spooki - nothing puts me off my coffee!! How can the smell of food put them off their coffee if they are in a café anyway. Beggars, drinkers and druggies are more offputting and we have to put up with them every single day, not a few days of speciality food stalls. KLH
  • Score: 2

12:58pm Mon 5 May 14

Vicvic says...

I thought it was second rate and two of my friends got sick after eating the food.
I thought it was second rate and two of my friends got sick after eating the food. Vicvic
  • Score: -3

1:21pm Mon 5 May 14

KLH says...

Just had one of the barbecue pork skewers, very nice!!
Just had one of the barbecue pork skewers, very nice!! KLH
  • Score: 0

3:06pm Mon 5 May 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

KLH wrote:
Just had one of the barbecue pork skewers, very nice!!
I think few more salads would be what your Dr hoped for.
[quote][p][bold]KLH[/bold] wrote: Just had one of the barbecue pork skewers, very nice!![/p][/quote]I think few more salads would be what your Dr hoped for. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 0

4:58pm Mon 5 May 14

Bournefre says...

RM wrote:
I was there yesterday - great event, great atmosphere. Thanks to all concerned. Only downside was overflowing bins - how often do the Council empty them?
I think the idea is you take your rubbish home with you.
[quote][p][bold]RM[/bold] wrote: I was there yesterday - great event, great atmosphere. Thanks to all concerned. Only downside was overflowing bins - how often do the Council empty them?[/p][/quote]I think the idea is you take your rubbish home with you. Bournefre
  • Score: 0

11:25pm Mon 5 May 14

Cosmic Crusader says...

Why was this not held on our new "flexible open space" by the Pier?
Why was this not held on our new "flexible open space" by the Pier? Cosmic Crusader
  • Score: 2

5:36pm Tue 6 May 14

jill M says...

Cosmic Crusader wrote:
Why was this not held on our new "flexible open space" by the Pier?
Is it because the foundations are going in already for the skyscraper block of flats? No? Silly me!
[quote][p][bold]Cosmic Crusader[/bold] wrote: Why was this not held on our new "flexible open space" by the Pier?[/p][/quote]Is it because the foundations are going in already for the skyscraper block of flats? No? Silly me! jill M
  • Score: 0

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