Sights, sounds and smells of Thailand come to Southsea

KEEPING THE BEAT The Batala Portsmouth Samba Reggae Band perform at the Thai Festival Castle Field, Southsea.  Picture: Allan Hutchings (132232-609)
KEEPING THE BEAT The Batala Portsmouth Samba Reggae Band perform at the Thai Festival Castle Field, Southsea. Picture: Allan Hutchings (132232-609)
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THE smell of Thai food was wafting through the air in Southsea yesterday as thousands of people embraced the culture of Thailand.

The Thai Food Festival returned to Castle Field for the eighth year.

Visitors had the chance to sample some delicious Thai food while gaining an insight into some of the cultures and traditions of the country.

There was a huge variety of food for people to choose from, as well as Thai beers.

Rachel Antar, 37, from Copnor, said she enjoyed the day.

‘It’s brilliant. It’s a fun day out for all. There is an excellent variety of food.

‘More things like this should be held in Portsmouth for the community, especially when they are free entry.’

Organiser Sue Mayne said: ‘Every year I try to make everything better. That’s why people enjoy it.

‘I put on new performers for people to enjoy.

‘This year quite a lot of people have turned up. More people know about it and they are coming back and telling their friends.

‘This is all to raise money for the children in Thailand and also we raise money for some children here.

‘We are part of the community and people are quite happy to be here.’

Julrat Suktt is the manager of Montien Thai restaurant in London.

He had a food stall at the festival and said: ‘It’s very good.

‘It’s a nice festival. We were here last year as well.

‘People enjoy themselves. It’s not just the Thai food – you’ve got lots of stalls and there’s a funfair.’

There were also a number of craft stalls, a bouncy castle and performances on the main stage.

There was also a chance to have a go at Thai boxing.