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History of the Festivals

This is the 15th Annual Thai Culture & Food Festival, which has been held at multiple locations around Victoria since launching, see below for previous locations; 

2017: Federation Square - Melbourne

2016: Steampacket Gardens - Geelong

2015: Federation Square - Melbourne

2014: Federation Square - Melbourne 

2013: Federation Square - Melbourne

2012: Federation Square - Melbourne

2011: Federation Square - Melbourne

2010: Federation Square - Melbourne & Marrysville

2009: Federation Square - Melbourne

2008: Federation Square - Melbourne

2007: Federation Square - Melbourne

2006: Federation Square - Melbourne

2005: Federation Square - Melbourne

2004: Federation Square - Melbourne

Thai Culture and Food Festival

The Thai Culture & Food Festival Inc. presented by Thais who live both locally and abroad has developed a variety of cultural programs and events to mark their achievements and celebrate the cultural and natural heritage bequeathed to them.

This 2 day festival will transform Melbourne’s Federation Square & Birrarung Marr into a haven’t of all things Thai for Melbournians to enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes and aromas and discover Thailand.

Facts:

  • Australia’s largest annual Thai Culture & Food Festival
  • 3rd largest Thai Festival in the world
  • One of top multicultural festivals at Federation square
  • Attracts over 60,000 visitors

The Organisation

The Organisation

The festival is organised by the Thai Culture and Food Festival Inc, (“TCFFI”) a not-for profit Association incorporated in Victoria, registration number A0045167B. TCFFI is registered with the ATO for GST and has its own ABN 94093924030.

The members and committee of TCFFI are volunteers involved with a variety of Thai Related community and business Associations in Victoria.

The Honorary Chairman of the Festival Committee is Dr. Simon Wallace, Honorary Consul General for Thailand, Victoria.

The Festival would not be possible without the help of our valued sponsors and supporters and the over 200 volunteers from the Victorian Thai Community and Thai Students Association of  Victoria.  We express our sincere appreciation to them for their support and assistance.

We also thank the participating Thai Restaurants and Product stalls for their contribution to the promotion of the Festival’s goals.

The Committee

The Committee

The Committee responsible for successfully organising each of the 15 annual Thai Culture & Food Festivals was Khun Tan Punturaumporn, Khun Pornthep (Paul) Bongkotpisut, Robert Taylor, Leslie Marmo and Louise McKechnie; with Khun Meow Kamonrat joining in more recent years. In 2016 the Committee was joined by Antony Wallace and Jeffrey Tan who replaced the retiring committee members, Robert Taylor and Louise McKechnie. This year, the committee welcomes Khun Teerawut Boonsee The Honorary Chairman of the Committee is, Dr. Simon Wallace who has been in the position since the inception of the organisation.

In 2010 it also organised ThaiFest@Marysville and the Sunshine Friends Concert for Marysville at Federation Square to assist the bush fire ravaged district and raised over $20,000 for the community’s Tourism Centre; and in October 2010 it was commissioned by the Royal Thai Embassy to organise the inaugural Thai Culture & Food Festival at the Parklands, South Bank, Brisbane with over 25,000 visitors braving the unseasonal weather.

By its 11th year over 101,000 visitors attended the Festival in 2014 and has grown to be the 2nd largest Thai Cultural Festival outside of Thailand!!

For more information or offers of help – please contact the Committee via info@thaifestvic.com

Thai Community

Thai Community

With a growing Thai community in Victoria of over 10,000, including thousands of Thai students studying here, over 500 restaurants and the close relationship that Thailand and Australia have, through travel, trade , education and defence, this event will enable the communities to celebrate the traditional Songkran festival, as well as learning more about Thai culture and Food.

The Community is served by 2 monthly magazines, ANTS and Free Online Slots; a Welfare organisation, a number of Thai Buddhist temples and Thai language schools.

Australia is now the one of the top 3  destinations for Thai students studying overseas, with Victoria receiving over 45% of all Thai students.

The TAFTA Free Trade Agreement between Australia and Thailand, which started  in January 2005, has significantly increased the already substantial trade, education and defence links.