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Arouse All Your Senses at Phuket’s Famous Vegetarian Festival

August 12, 2014 Hotel Deals No Comments Email Email

unnamed (2)Exclusive five-star Phuket hideaway Paresa is embracing the spirit of one of the Asia’s most exciting events,with a package combining the island’s annual Vegetarian Festival from September 24– October 2,which includes classes in Thai vegetarian cooking.

The street festival is famed for sacred rituals performed by entranced devotees,from walking barefoot over hot coals and bathing in hot oil to bladed ladder climbing and bizarre body piercing.  It is believed its sacred rituals bestow good fortune upon those who religiously observe or partake in it.

Local residents of Chinese ancestry strictly observe a 10-day vegetarian or vegan diet for spiritual cleansing and merit-making, with sacred rituals performed at various Chinese shrines,temples and street displays.It is also a golden opportunity to savour Thai vegetarian and vegan cuisine at its finest.

Paresa’s “Vegetarian Street Food Festival”package for two invites couples to explore all these tastes, smells and traditional rituals. Priced from THB 30,000(approximately USD 933) for two nights, it is on offer throughout the festival period.Accommodation is in thedeluxe Aqua Pool Suite with its own private swimming pool,and breakfast is included.

The package not only includes a guided tour of the festival in Phuket’s ‘Old Town’, but also a vegetarian street-food cooking class, with a visit to a colourful local market accompanied by Paresa’s chef to select ingredients.Paresa – Heavens of All Heavens

Paresa’s vegetarian street food cooking classes embrace two entire menus that guests can learn to cook and re-create at home. Dishes range from Poh Pia Pak Torddeep-fried vegetarian spring rolls,to the traditional Phad Thai Pack,stir-fried noodles & bean sproutsin a tamarind dressing. Som Tum Jay, a spicy green papaya salad is also offered on the cooking class menu, along with Gluay Tord,authentic crispy bananas, and Khao Nhiao Mamuang, a sweet mango sticky rice.

The resort’s celebrated fine dining restaurant,Diavolo,is also paying a culinary tribute to the festival’s tradition with a traditional Thai vegetarian Poh Pia Pak Tord– deep fried vegetarian spring rollsmenu of its own.It features dishes from Tod Man Khaopod, a deep fried curry corn cake,and Yum Makuea Yaw, an eggplant salad with mushroom and lime dressing. A traditional fried noodle with mixed vegetables, Guay Tiew Song Keung, and dessert of glutinous rice flour in sweet coconut milk, Bua Loy Sam Sri, are also part of the Vegetarian promotion menu.

Roundtrip airport transfers by luxury SUV are additionally included to Phuket’s most sought-after address along ‘Millionaire’s Mile’,high above Kamala Bay, along with complimentary WiFi, refreshing towels, cold fresh fruit and water.

“This unique festival is a can’t-miss Thai experience, delivered as a bespoke adventure for our guests,” said General Manager Dawid Koegelenberg. “I will never forget my first Vegetarian Festival in Phuket. Words cannot describe the atmosphere of exquisite food, music & dance. It’s not for the faint-hearted but this festival is not to be missed and your view of vegetarian food will be changed forever.”

Khao Nhiao Mamuang – sweet mango sticky rice

Khao Nhiao Mamuang – sweet mango sticky rice

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Phuket’s Famous Vegetarian Festival 24 September – 2 October 2014 

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