Eating deep fried insects may not be everyone's
cup of tea, but there's something to suit every
palate at the upcoming Isan Food Festival in
Thailand. Visiting chefs, guest lecturers, and
the world's largest woven sticky rice basket
are just a few of the highlights planned at
next year's party, celebrating Thailand's Northeast
Travel to Khon Kaen, Thailand in March 2008
for the inaugural Isan Food Festival and its
culinary masterclass weekend. Festival dates
are 7-16 March 2008. The Thai Cuisine Masterclass
Weekend, modelled after similar events overseas,
is slated March 8 and 9 at the prestigious Sofitel
Raja Orchid hotel.
Khon Kaen will throng with foodie tourists,
intrepid journalists and drooling Thais for
10 days in March, when the city opens its kitchens.
London restaurateur Vatch Bhumitchitr, author
of six Thai cookbooks in English, leads the
line up at the Sofitel Raja Orchid's Thai Cuisine
Masterclass Weekend, with simultaneous English-Thai
and Thai-English translations in every workshop.
English expat Philip Cornwel Smith, author of
the contemporary culture book "Very Thai"
is also presenting, plus Australian-based textile
expert Morrison Polkinghorne, cookbook author
Robert Carmack, along with local Isan specialist
Pramol Pimsen. As well, regional food producers,
from sausage makers to fish sauce brewers, are
on hand to give an introduction to their foodstuffs.
There's even a workshop on "Inedible Cuisine'
featuring the unusual Isan custom of eating
fried locust and lizard, and stir fried silk
worm -- not to mention the famous Isan/lao specialty
of ant egg soup!