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Mark Your Calendar: Thai Culture and Food Festival, May 24-25

I’ve been to the Buddhist Center of Dallas twice—both times motivated by the amazing spread that can be found there. On Sundays, this hidden temple serves some of the best Thai food in Dallas. Elderly ladies and gentleman set up food stalls in a backyard food court area and make food to order. There’s spicy, fresh papaya salad and grilled meats. The only catch? You need a translator to help you order.

It’s always been one of my favorite, secret spots. One that I’ve been hesitant to share with you readers until now. But it looks like the Buddhist Center of Dallas is ready to let the rest of the community know what a gem it is. On May 24 and 25, it’s hosting a Thai Culture and Food Festival. There’s free admission for two days of food, dance, and a look into the beautiful culture. We sent our photographer Louie Solomon to catch some of the highlights from the press preview last week. Take a look.

 

Traditional Thai Dancers
Traditional Thai Dancers
Mango sticky rice
Mango sticky rice
Hand-painted walls inside of the Buddhist temple
Hand-painted walls inside of the Buddhist temple
Pad Thai, red curry, and chicken with rice (photography by Louie Solomon)
Pad Thai, red curry, and chicken with rice
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A few additional details, provided by Mr. Solomon.

  • They are looking for volunteers and sponsors.
  • Food was prepared by Thai Soon, Bangkok City, and Best Thai
  • Event hashtag is #thaifestdallas
  • There is a dish Andrew Zimmern ate that will be at the festival.
  • There will be 4 regions of Thai food
  • Event + parking are free.  Food will range from $1 – $7
  • There is free meditation for visitors to the center.