This annual event is well established within the Thai events calendar and offers all visitors an unusual but surprisingly successful fusion of cultures. The Market Place comes alive to a vibrant mix of Thai food, music and dance which is on offer throughout the day with over 40 food and craft stalls.
To start the event off there will be a parade of Thai drummers and dancers from the castle courtyard, travelling through Swan Street and finishing at the Market Square. The Thai Festival is an unmissable opportunity to experience authentic Thai culture including classical Thai dancing, Thai puppet show, Thai boxing, sword fighting, handicrafts, entertainment, fruit carving and Thai massage.
The Art Kitchen is once again proud to be a main sponser of this very successful event. The festival is open from 11am to 5pm and admission is free.
Over the course of the decade, the Art Kitchen in Swan Street has built a reputation for offering a stylish take on classic Thai cuisine whilst also maintaining the highest standards of service. This has been provided within the stimulating environment of an ever-changing art gallery. This unique combination has led to quite a following from local clientele with many posting reviews naming it one of the best Thai restaurants outside of Thailand.
It is no coincidence that art is central to the restaurant's ambiance. The Art Kitchen’s parent company is Elegant Clutter, a highly successful Warwick-based company that designs and manufactures artwork solutions for the hotel and leisure industry. A design team from the company has been given free rein to carry out the renovation, so expect a dazzling transformation.
As part of the 10 year celebrations, the menu will also be getting a makeover but managers at the restaurant say there will be the same uncompromising approach to the standard of cooking and the quality of ingredients. The starting point for all the food is fresh produce, after which the classic Thai balance of salt, sour,sweet and hot guides the kitchen team in how they create their versions of the delicious Thai classics. The level of service is equally important to the Art Kitchen with staff recruited from a five-star background, including their restaurant manager, Damrong Thaklaewpun (known as Ke), who previously worked on the Orient Express.
This commitment to the highest standards earned the restaurant inclusion in the Michelin Red Guide and in 2011 it was voted one of the best places for Thai dining in the country. They believe they are part of something bigger taking place in the town. Damrong said: "Warwick has really developed into a great venue for food. There is such a fantastic group of restaurants and it should now be considered one of the top destinations for food in the area. It's great that we have been part of that success." The restaurant's redesign was completed on 2nd July 2014