Warwick has a number of excellent Thai restaurants in town and has built up a rapport with the local Thai community. In 2004 after the Tsunami hit Banda Aceh in Thailand the Rotary club asked how they could help, and a festival to celebrate Thai food and culture was born. Over the last 15 years the club has raised thousands to help re-build, support orphans and other overseas causes.
This year the Rotary Thai festival returns to Warwick racecourse on Thai people will be coming from all over the Midlands to meet up with friends, and make new ones surrounded by the sights and sounds of Bangkok.
“Magic of Thailand” has returned to stage this popular festival in partnership with the Rotary Club. For 2 days at the weekend from 10.00am to 6pm, the racecourse will host Buddhist monks, sword fighters, dancers and musicians. Over 20 food stalls will line the racecourse together with crafts, spices, fabrics, massage and face painting. The racecourse is next to the town centre and there is plenty of free parking.
Buddhist Monks will start the festival off with their ceremonies, and the traditional reception of gifts from the traders. On stage throughout the day will be a top class presentation of Thai culture, with dancing, lady boys, sword fighting, music, local boxers Muang Thai and cookery demonstrations. Children’s dancing and talent show as well as a play area should keep the children happy.
Sponsors Singha Beer, I-Asia, Thailand Tourist Authority, Warwick Castle, Costco and Kia cars are supporting the event, with profits going to charitable causes. Grandstands, parking and facilities are available at the racecourse which is helping stage the event.
Tickets are available on-line at www.warwick.thejockeyclub.co.uk
Adults over 15 £4, or on the gate £5. Children under 15 are free.