Busaba Eathai are collaborating with Fairground to create a Thai New Year Songkran Festival in the heart of London’s East End this Sunday (13 April).
Executive Chef Jude Sangsida explains: “Songkran is a time to renew, refresh and cleanse. Part of that is water, so in Thailand we have a big water fight! It’s humid and steamy, we find the nearest bucket or buy water pistols and go out into the streets and play.”
As water fights in London during April are best avoided, Chef Jude has been busy developing new dishes to commemorate Songkran. Inspired by a recent month long trip through his homeland, his new creations will be unveiled at the Busaba Songkran festival. “The dishes we will share at our celebration will be a blend of some of the rich flavours we found on our trip along with a few we hope to add to the menu in the future,” says Chef Jude.
Development Director Joel Falconer adds: “The Busaba Songkran pop up will look like a ‘deconstructed’ version of Busaba. Many of the elements familiar to our loyal customers will still be there, but people should expect something fun and quite different.”
Busaba have also programmed activities for those looking at perfecting their curry paste or mortar and pestle abilities. Resident Wok-Masters Chef Hesh Daud and Chef Sasi Meechamnan will share their skills at free ‘CookThai’ classes held throughout the day. Elsewhere animal mask making and pandan cupcake decorating workshops will provide entertainment for the younger foodies accompanying their mums and dads.