Catch the sights, sounds and tastes of Thailand as they light up the banks of Parramatta River
Food, fireworks and family capture the buoyant spirit of the Loy Krathong festival as it returns to Parramatta for another year. Traditionally held on the full moon of the 12th month of the Thai lunar calendar, participants release decorated lanterns into the river to symbolise the floating away of their worries as they ring in a new wave of happiness and prosperity.
This year, head chef Sujet Saenkham of Surry Hills staple Spice I Am will lead a special cooking demonstration – kids are also invited to make their own rice paper rolls. If you prefer your meal ready made, there’ll be plenty of stalls selling all your favourite Thai dishes and desserts, which you can wash down with a sugar cane juice or a Singha.
There’ll also be workshops teaching visitors how to build and paint a traditional kite, handcraft a krathong lantern, and even a 3D photo booth to capture the day’s memories.
As always, the festival’s highlight is the releasing of krathong into the river after sundown. Watch your troubles drift away as the fireworks set off at 9pm.