Monday, August 11, 2014

Phuket's Vegetarian Festival, and a special foodie stay package from the luxurious Paresa Resort



Phuket’s annual Vegetarian Festival is coming up in a never-ending Travelife, and this year, it's being held from September 24 to October 2.

Also known as “Jia Chai”in Hokkien Chinese, this vegetarian festival began in 1825 when fever was rife and a traveling opera company from China grew sick from an unnamed malady.

I would so love to visit this year, but my schedule in just next for impossible over the next six weeks.

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A VEGETARIAN DIET
TO COMBAT ILLNESS

However they kept to a vegetarian diet honouring two emperor gods, and the sickness miraculously disappeared.

After this, locals embraced the practice of vegetarianism enthusiastically and the festival has continued ever since – from the first to 9th evening of the 9th lunar month.

WHAT HAPPENS AT PHUKET'S
VEGETARIAN FESTIVAL



Throughout Phuket's vegetarian festival, fireworks and drums are sounded, especially during ceremonies. The locals believe that the louder the drums are, the better this is, because the noise drives away evil spirits.

This street festival is also famed for sacred rituals performed by entranced devotees. These include:

Walking barefoot over hot coals
Bathing in hot oil
Climbing bladed ladders
Bizarre body piercing

The locals also believe that these sacred rituals bestow good fortune upon those who religiously observe or partake in it.

ONLY VEGETABLES FOR 10 DAYS



Local residents of Chinese ancestry strictly observe a 10-day vegetarian or vegan diet for spiritual cleansing and merit-making.

They also perform sacred rituals at various Chinese shrines, temples and street displays.

It is also a golden opportunity to savour Thai vegetarian and vegan cuisine at its finest.

A VEGETARIAN FESTIVAL STAY OFFER
FROM PARESA RESORT



In connection with this, the luxury Phuket resort Paresa is now offering a “Vegetarian Street Food Festival” package for two, allowing couples to explore all these tastes, smells and traditional rituals.


Available throughout the period of the Phuket vegetarian festival, the package includes accommodations and breakfast, as well as a guided tour of the festival in Phuket’s ‘Old Town.

Paresa is also offering a vegetarian street-food cooking class and a visit to a colourful local market accompanied by Paresa’s chef to select ingredients with this package

VEGETARIAN COOKING CLASSES
AT PARESA



Paresa’s vegetarian street food cooking classes embrace two entire menus that guests can learn to cookand re-create at home.  The dishes include:


Poh Pia Pak Tord
Deep-fried vegetarian spring rolls

Phad Thai Pack
Stir-fried noodles & bean sprouts 
in a tamarind dressing. 

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A spicy green papaya salad

Gluay Tord
Authentic crispy bananas

Khao Nhiao Mamuang
Sweet mango sticky rice



UNIQUE VEGETARIAN DISHES
AT PARESA'S DIAVOLO

The resort’s celebrated fine dining restaurant, Diavolo, is also paying a culinary tribute to the festival’s tradition with a traditional Thai vegetarian menu of its own, featuring dishes such as:

Tod Man Khaopod
A deep fried curry corn cake

Yum Makuea Yaw
An eggplant salad 
with mushroom and lime dressing

Guay Tiew Song Keung
A traditional fried noodle 
with mixed vegetables

Bua Loy Sam Sri
A dessert of glutinous rice flour 
in sweet coconut milk



“This unique festival is a can’t-missThai experience, delivered as a bespoke adventure for our guests,” said Paresa General Manager Dawid Koegelenberg.

He added: “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.”


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