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 Patron of the Thai Culture and Food Festival inc. is His Excellency the Ambassador of Thailand to Australia.
The Honorary Chairman of the Festival Committee is Dr Simon Wallace, Hon Thai Consul General, 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 responsible for successfully organising each of the 12 annual Thai Culture & Food Festivals at Federation Square since 2004 was Khun Tan Punturaumporn, Khun Pornthep (Paul) Bongkotpisut, Robert Taylor, Leslie Marmo and Louise McKechnie; with Khun Meow Kamonrat joining in more recent years.The 2016 Festival moved to Geelong and the Committee was joined by Antony Wallace and Jeffrey Tan who replaced the retiring committee members, Robert Taylor and Louise McKechnie. The Honorary Chairman of the Committee is Dr. Simon Wallace.
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 12th 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 www.thaifestvic.com/contact
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.
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.
This Festival is but one event in the annual calendar of Thai celebrations held in Victoria and in Thai communities world-wide. Other significant events include the birthdays of His Majesty the King of Thailand (December) and Her Majesty the Queen of Thailand (August) as well as the annual Loy Krathong Festival (November).