THE irresistible smell of Thai food drew thousands of people to an annual festival.
Castle Field in Southsea was packed as people of all ages enjoyed a weekend of Thai culture.
The beer was flowing and the curries and noodles were selling at quite a pace at the numerous stalls.
There were demonstrations of Thai boxing and many people jigged along with the Thai dancers.
Those opting for a more genteel afternoon enjoyed Thai massages.
Friends Esther Gould, 56, and Debbie Cheverton, 50, enjoyed a lunch of egg fried rice and green curry.
Debbie, from Havant, said: ‘It’s so fresh. It’s one of my favourite cuisines.’
Esther, from Baffins, said: ‘It’s nice that you can see them preparing the food.’
Jenny Booth, 31, was at the event with her 89-year-old grandmother, Eve Small, from Southsea.
Eve said: ‘It’s been great. There’s been a lot of people.’
Jenny, who has visited Thailand several times, added: ‘I have really been looking forward to the food. It’s nice to see everyone out enjoying themselves.’
Joy Billman, 31, who runs a Thai food stall in Salisbury, was selling her wares at the festival.
She said: ‘It’s a big highlight of the year. The food is so tasty.
‘It’s got so much flavour.’