The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in collaboration with Phuket City is organising the Phuket Tasty Fest 2016 to celebrate the delicious and internationally renowned tastes of the island province and other food, fish, drinks and desserts from around Thailand.

Visitors to the festival, which takes place from 9-11 September (coinciding with the Andaman Hotelier and Tourism Fair 2016), will be able to taste and learn about unique Thai dishes and explore the cultural melting pot of Phuket. The festival takes place from 16:00 to 22:00Hrs along Thalang Road in Phuket Town.

Because so many people have settled in Phuket over the centuries, bringing their own traditions and dishes, the island’s food is distinct from the rest of Thailand and boasts flavours and dishes that cannot be found anywhere else.

This is why last year, UNESCO declared Phuket to be one of its “Gastronomy Cities” as a way of celebrating and protecting Phuket’s unique dishes. There are only 18 “Gastronomy Cities” across the world and Phuket is the first place in ASEAN to receive this accolade.