2012 Thailand Exhibit at the Irvine Global Village Festival, September 29

Thank you to all of our friends who visited our exhibit booth at the 2012 Irvine Global Village Festival at Bill Barber Park, Irvine, California. We have brought the rich and colorful culture of Thailand to you. Our booth received a constant stream of visitors who enjoyed our amazing presentation. Our volunteers worked hard bringing Thai culture as well as bringing our “Siamese Smiles” to Irvine. We hope that you all enjoyed our exhibit!

This year we collaborated with Thai Association of Southern California (TASC) and received support from over 50 volunteers, from the Royal Thai Consulate-General, Los Angeles as well as from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (US office) to present you with many examples of amazing Thai Art and Culture. It is an honor to our volunteers that the Thai Consul-General, Jesda Katavetin and his family, the Director of TAT Kulpramote Wannalert and the Deputy Director Arasa Awutkom visited our booth.

Here were activities in our exhibit booth:

Live Fruit Carving Demonstration

Fruit Carving is one of Thailand’s traditional carving arts with a very long history. It was believed to have been originally taught and learned among the ladies in the royal palaces. This year a talented team of artists from San Diego brought their expertise in carving various fruits and vegetables into artistic masterpiece bouquets. The vibrant colors of these carved flowers brought uniqueness to our presentation, attracting thousands of visitors to our booth.

Live Bai-Sri Flower Arrangement Demonstration

The Bai Sri is a traditional blessing ceremony performed to bestow happiness and prosperity to a person or place. The talented artist from the San Diego team carefully folded the fragile banana leaves and composed layers of the lotus-like towers as a beautiful and symbolic sculptural tribute piece.

Presentation of favorite Thai Traditional Dishes and their Ingredients

For those who love Thai food, you have probably tasted or have been a fan of these popular dishes:

  • Som Tum (green papaya salad in a spicy lime dressing)
  • Tom Yum Kung (hot and sour shrimp soup)
  • Pad Thai
  • Steamed Sticky Rice
  • Sticky Rice with Mango

We hope that you learned a few things about fresh ingredients, herbs, spices, condiments and cooking special utensils that are used to prepare the above Thai dishes, along with their recipes.

Live Thai Classical Dances performed by the UCI Thai Club

Many visitors to the exhibit area enjoyed two charming Thai Classical Dance performances. The Northeastern style dance called “Sueng Kra-tip” and the Thai Social dance called “Ram Wong” were beautifully performed by the members of UCI Thai Club who shared their love in preserving traditional culture.

Having your name written in Thai Calligraphy

This year our volunteers were ready to teach you and your kids to write or write your name for you on a beautiful bookmark for you to take home as a souvenir! Over 900 of these bookmarks were distributed to our booth visitors this year!

In addition to the activities at our booth, many visitors also enjoyed On Stage Cultural Demonstrations which were presented by a Thai classical dance group from Wat Thai, L.A. and Double Dose Muay Thai.

So, we hope that you enjoyed our display of beautiful Thai Art and Culture, and also saw fine examples of other interesting cultures at the Irvine Global Village Festival!

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