Sunshine and smiles was the theme of the Chichester Thai Festival held at the weekend.
Hundreds of people turned out at Oakland’s Park on Saturday and Sunday to enjoy a weekend of Thai music, dancing and food.
Simon Haslett, from Chichester, attended on Saturday with his sister and her husband. He said: “I had a curry which was really good. I went to a Thai festival in Woking once which was great and had a bit more going on.”
Edible treats included Thai ice cream, curries and noodle dishes. There was a large queue for the Thai stir-fry ice cream, which is a specially made desert made to order.
A few pieces of fruit, and any other flavours required, are placed in an ice cold pan. A portion of milk is then poured over and freezes on impact. The chef then chops and rolls the mixture to form the ice-cream.
Mandy Robson, from Chichester, had ordered a portion and said: “It’s absolutely delicious! I went for choc chip and mint. When I first read the sign I assumed it was stir-fry noodles and a curry flavoured ice-cream so I was pleasantly surprised.”
Another popular part of the weekend was the Thai massage tent. Yuphin Hill, a masseuse from Thai Siam Ochids in London, said: “We have had a few people here to have a massage. It is a very specific type of treatment which uses a 6,000-year-old technique.
“We re-balance the body and practice deep tissue massage with more stretching while understanding all the trigger points.”
Maylene Davis, originally from the Philippines, had travelled to the festival from Emsworth and had a massage. She said: “It was really lovely. This is exactly what I need, a deep-tissue massage to relieve the tension in my back.”
Friends, Tina Smith from Waterlooville, and Anita Wright, from Hayling Island, visited with their children.
Tina said: “We came here because we just love Thai food! We ordered the pad Thai, papaya salad, BBQ pork, satay chicken and Thai milk tea. It’s all really delicious.”
Anita added: “We are closer to Portsmouth so we have been to the Thai festival there for a few years but we saw this one advertised and thought we’d come along.”