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Thai Food Fest July 15–16 2017
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    Post #1 - June 23rd, 2017, 4:45 pm
    Post #1 - June 23rd, 2017, 4:45 pm Post #1 - June 23rd, 2017, 4:45 pm
    Anyone have any additional info on this? All I know is that the folks from Rainbow will be at the fest, and asked me to share the event on LTH.

    From the sound of things, it should be a pretty well attended event with lots of great food. I'll definitely be there (maybe helping out at the Rainbow booth?). Help spread the word!

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1055676537899469

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    Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.

    -Mark Twain
  • Post #2 - June 23rd, 2017, 5:53 pm
    Post #2 - June 23rd, 2017, 5:53 pm Post #2 - June 23rd, 2017, 5:53 pm
    We are planning on attending for sure.
  • Post #3 - July 6th, 2017, 11:24 am
    Post #3 - July 6th, 2017, 11:24 am Post #3 - July 6th, 2017, 11:24 am
    thanks for posting, will attend at some point during the weekend
    I did absolutely nothing and it was everything I thought it could be.
  • Post #4 - July 6th, 2017, 12:19 pm
    Post #4 - July 6th, 2017, 12:19 pm Post #4 - July 6th, 2017, 12:19 pm
    Same here.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #5 - July 11th, 2017, 2:59 pm
    Post #5 - July 11th, 2017, 2:59 pm Post #5 - July 11th, 2017, 2:59 pm
    According to their Facebook posts, here are some of the restaurants they said will be attending:
    Sweet Rice
    Rainbow Cuisine
    Manee Thai
    Cilantro Thai Kitchen
    Kinnaree Thai Kitchen
    Star of Siam
    Immm Chicago
    Nine Thai Cuisine
    Sticky Rice Chicago
    JJ Thai Street Food

    Also: "Unfortunately there will be none to few vegan options available. There may be a few snacks or desserts that are vegan at some booths, but please make sure to confirm with the vendors if you are interested in trying any of their dishes!"
  • Post #6 - July 12th, 2017, 8:32 pm
    Post #6 - July 12th, 2017, 8:32 pm Post #6 - July 12th, 2017, 8:32 pm
    https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/2017071 ... ssociation
  • Post #7 - July 18th, 2017, 10:44 am
    Post #7 - July 18th, 2017, 10:44 am Post #7 - July 18th, 2017, 10:44 am
    We attended the first day, it seemed well-attended though not overcrowded, and well-organized especially for a first-time event. Some of the entertainment acts started late though. There was a variety of dishes, some common Thai dishes like pad thai and curries, and others like Immm which offered some kind of chicken skin wrap, or Sweet Rice which had a stuffed calamari. As they warned, there were not a lot of veggie options, which would be my biggest complaint. My second complaint would be that for the most part, prices were not listed on the signs. It was also dog friendly.

    We had the calamari and a fried chicken dish from Sweet Rice (breading on chicken was too hard, a little difficult to eat); and steamed fish curry and sausage from Rainbow Cuisine.

    There were also several booths for shopping, a massage booth and a couple of kids' arts & crafts stations. There was also a new Asian-focused, Chicago-based foodie magazine, Dill: https://twitter.com/dillmagazine showing off their first edition and selling subscriptions. They are a quarterly, $20 an issue. (With the recent shutdown of Lucky Peach, I wonder if this one will survive.)

    Anyone else who attended and might want to add their observations?
  • Post #8 - July 18th, 2017, 10:51 am
    Post #8 - July 18th, 2017, 10:51 am Post #8 - July 18th, 2017, 10:51 am
    excelsior wrote:Anyone else who attended and might want to add their observations?

    In spite of your mixed review, I'm really sorry to have missed this. I had family in town for whom attending any outdoor fest would have been physically challenging. :(

    =R=
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  • Post #9 - July 18th, 2017, 11:16 am
    Post #9 - July 18th, 2017, 11:16 am Post #9 - July 18th, 2017, 11:16 am
    Despite my review sounding mixed, I enjoyed it, I would go again. It felt like a step up from other fests that seem more focused on selling alcohol, managed by an event firm that takes the majority of the proceeds, or vendors selling insurance or double hung windows. Hopefully they will keep it in the same location (shoutout to Thorek Hospital), which is close to several bus routes and the Red Line, as well as LSD.
  • Post #10 - July 18th, 2017, 12:36 pm
    Post #10 - July 18th, 2017, 12:36 pm Post #10 - July 18th, 2017, 12:36 pm
    excelsior wrote:...There was also a new Asian-focused, Chicago-based foodie magazine, Dill: https://twitter.com/dillmagazine showing off their first edition and selling subscriptions. They are a quarterly, $20 an issue. (With the recent shutdown of Lucky Peach, I wonder if this one will survive.)

    I ordered the first issue. There's some good stuff in there (including 5 regional variations on pad thai), but I'm not sure it's worth $20/issue. Definitely doesn't have the hip cache of Lucky Peach, very basic layout work, but some solid food journalism. An article by Mike Sula (I forget the subject), another translated by and recipes interpreted by Leela "shesimmers" Punyaratabandhu. The first issue focuses on noodles, from ramen packets to laksa and everything in between.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #11 - July 18th, 2017, 1:00 pm
    Post #11 - July 18th, 2017, 1:00 pm Post #11 - July 18th, 2017, 1:00 pm
    Table of contents from issue one of Dill Magazine:
    https://dillmagazine.com/products/first-issue-noodles

    Mike Sula's article is "The Dough Whisperer"
  • Post #12 - July 18th, 2017, 4:18 pm
    Post #12 - July 18th, 2017, 4:18 pm Post #12 - July 18th, 2017, 4:18 pm
    excelsior wrote:Table of contents from issue one of Dill Magazine:
    https://dillmagazine.com/products/first-issue-noodles

    Mike Sula's article is "The Dough Whisperer"

    Oh, right - on Jibek Jolu, especially their noodles. I gotta get there some day soon.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #13 - July 18th, 2017, 8:25 pm
    Post #13 - July 18th, 2017, 8:25 pm Post #13 - July 18th, 2017, 8:25 pm
    For its first time, I was pretty impressed. There were quite a number of food offerings. My lone complaint here is that some of the restaurants dumbed down their menu (crab rangoon!). Overall, Rainbow had the most unique menu in my opinion, offering their sausage, catfish curry custard and fish cakes. I actually loved that fried chicken larb excelsior mentioned - had some nice heat, loved the crispy skin and it was pretty unique.

    Lines tended to be a bit long and some places just weren't prepared for that, so you needed to exercise some patience. But overall, a large crowd though not to the point where someone who tends to be really crowd-averse (like me) would feel very pained.

    I'm guessing all of the restaurants learned a thing or two and will be even better prepared next year. But generally, a big success in my book.
    I find the pastrami to be the most sensual of all the salted, cured meats. (Seinfeld)

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