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Fah Thai Magazine Jan-Feb 2018


HAPPENINGS THAILAND PHUKET / KRABI SPOTLIGHT More Raw Phuket is known for its annual Vegetarian Festival, but for year-round meatless cuisine, the island comes up quite short with comparatively limited choices. Atsumi Raw Cuisine, part of the Atsumi Detox Center, has been serving Western-style raw and vegan dishes since 2013, partly in service to those following detox retreat programmes. But now that the trend of going vegan is expanding, the place is open to any walk-ins interested in recharging their bodies with the plantbased cuisine. Raw food is all vegan, but not all vegan foods are raw foods. Raw food, as its name implies, means the food is raw or not cooked above temperatures of 40- 49 C or 104-120 F. After all, chefs who prepare such foods will need to make these dishes look and taste fantastic, while keeping its organic benefits mostly untouched. Open daily: 9am - 8.30pm, 99/1 Moo 7, Wiset Road, Rawai District, Phuket, T: +66 (0) 76 623 828, ALL ABOUT THE FOOD The three-day Phuket Food and Wine Expo will premiere on Friday, 9 March and last until Sunday, 11 March 2018 at the Royal Phuket Marina in Phuket. This first-ever event plans to bring together suppliers and businesses that relate to the food and wine industries from leading companies around the world. Visitors and traders alike can browse through various selections including fresh produce, drinks, wines of all types. This extends to kitchen supplies and services as well as luxury lifestyle products. Hosted by the Royal Phuket Marina, the event also features informative conferences and seminars as well as live cooking demonstrations. A farmer’s market also showcases gourmet and local cuisine, finally ending with a charity gala dinner. The organiser of this event is the Talisman Media Group (TMG), known for their food and lifestyle publications including Bangkok101. Registration is now available online for buyers, traders and visitors. For more information, visit LANTA’S ORIGINAL COMMUNITIES On every habitable island first lived local communities before the appearance of boatloads and flocks of tourists. On Lanta island, off Krabi’s shores, local Muslim communities own a unique culture that curious outside minds can get to know. Unlike most of the available tour packages, this one is arranged and managed by local Lanta folks. Most of the gained income sees fair distribution among the locals and the community who in fact are the main reasons to visit. The half-day tour to ‘Baan Thung Yipheng’ on the east side of the island features a unique Muslim-Thai community still living their natural way of life. Rich mangrove forests provide a sanctuary for sea creatures and visitors can row serenely along in old-style wooden boats and quietly observe the surroundings. A home-made lunch or dinner will also be prepared for guests by the locals. For more information, visit for available locally-run and managed tour packages in Phuket, Krabi and Trang. 96