A TASTE of Thailand arrived in Southsea yesterday as the sixth Thai food festival took place.
Hundreds of people turned out to Castle Field to celebrate and embrace the Thai culture.
The smell of Thai food lingered in the air from stalls surrounding the area and there was also the opportunity to purchase clothes, jewellery and artwork.
Throughout the day there were performances from singers and dancers, all dressed from head to toe in bright and bold outfits, symbolic of the Thai culture.
Sue Mayne, of the Thai Solent society, has organised the Southsea Thai food festival since it first started six years ago.
‘We want to bring Thai people together,’ she said.
‘And I want to bring the community together.
‘We want to promote Thai food and Thai culture. We also want to raise money for children in Thailand and local people.
‘Thai culture is very good and very nice.
‘We want local people to get involved in it.
‘We want to get them involved in our society.
‘It’s going very well. We have been doing it for six years now so it’s very popular.’
Councillor Lee Hunt, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said: ‘This is a fantastic event. It embraces the Thai culture.
‘We are very happy to be here. It promotes the city in every way.
‘It is such a wonderful event. Everybody is so kind.
‘The food is wonderful. Everyone loves it.
‘This is for everybody. It’s one of the best-attended events, I think. It’s fantastic.’
People could also have a Thai massage, purchase specially made cakes and have a drink at the bar.
There were also many arts and crafts stalls on display throughout the day.
Penny Meeking, 34, from Nettlecombe Avenue in Southsea, said: ‘We have been to Thailand so it makes you feel a bit like you’re on holiday.
‘It’s a really good family day.
‘There is lots to do and the food is amazing.
‘It’s a really nice relaxed atmosphere.
‘We came here two years ago and it’s been in the diary to come again.
‘We have a really good time. The music and the dancing and the costumes are great.’