October 23rd, 2016

Taste of Thailand returns to Warwick

Updated: 11:59 am, Aug 05, 2016

A TASTE of Thailand returned to Warwick on Sunday.

The ever-popular annual Warwick Thai Festival had outgrown its usual town centre location so this year moved to Warwick Racecourse.

And the Rotary Club of Warwick-organised festival drew thousands to enjoy Thai food, dancing, kick-boxing and more.

There was even a Buddhist temple complete with monks who held a special opening blessing.

The festival, which has run for the past 12 years, was originally established to help people in Thailand rebuild their lives followng the devastating Tsunami  in 2004.

The decision to charge a small entry fee for the first time meant more money for charity.

The festival now raises money for local good causes such as scouts and the ambulance service, and is currently raising money to install solar panels at a children’s hospital in Bo in Sierra Leone.

This year’s festival was sponsored by Leamington Mazda, Warwick Castle, Costco, Tourist Authority of Thailand, and Chang Beer.

Warwick Racecourse organised ticketing and opened its bars and facilities, with staff assisting organisers throughout the day, while CJ Events provided the stalls.