The annual Pattaya Vegetarian festival is here again and this year the 10 day event runs from 23rd of September – 3rd of October 2014
Another huge annual event on the Pattaya calendar is here again and its popularity is as strong as every with the locals, Pattaya’s Vegetarian festival starts on the 23rd of September this year at different locations around Pattaya, with shows and a parade along Beach Road, the festivities eventually moved to The Sawang Boriboon Foundation in Naklua and the celebrations went on into the evening.
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The community rallies around the event with huge turnouts for the start of the vegetarian period, which kick starts the cleansing rituals which are so important to the Buddhist lifestyle.
The event is a merger of the Thai / Chinese Buddhist beliefs and has lots of Chinese imagery and folk lore thrown in for good measure, Dragon displays, Chinese Deities of good luck and fortune wander around add to the atmosphere.
The usual food stalls are set up, all vegetarian and eating and drinking zones where you can sit, relax and enjoy non alcoholic beverages while watching the show. Entertainment areas are set aside for the kids to keep them amused with mini zoos, fun arcades and mini fair grounds with Farris Wheel and train rides.
One of the high lights of the afternoon is the cooking of the vegetarian food, cooked by 11 chefs on a giant wok, which is given to the crowd free of charge, bucket full’s of ingredients, such as – mushrooms, cashews, sprouts and rice are dumped onto the 5 meter wide wok and 11 chefs cook the 300 kg + of fried rice by turning it and mixing it around with stainless steel shovels made especially for the event, the food when cooked, is scooped up into other containers which is taken to the service areas, where it is served in a foam bowl and given to the public
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The event continues until the 3rd of October 2014, all are welcome to come and enjoy.
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