Bangkok, November 22, 2021 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce that the province of Phetchaburi has been accepted as the latest Thai member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) in the field of gastronomy.
Phetchaburi is the fifth province in Thailand to achieve the UCCN title, after Phuket was named Creative City of Gastronomy in 2015, Chiang Mai Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art in 2017, Bangkok Creative City of Design in 2019 and Sukhothai a Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art in 2019.
TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said: âThe addition of Phetchaburi to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as a Creative City of Food is much appreciated and could not have come at a better time. , with food being a key feature of the ‘Visit Thailand Year 2022 new tourism marketing campaign.
Located about 160 km south of Bangkok, Phetchaburi is known for the production of high quality sea salt and limes, palm sugar, pink apples, pineapples and bananas, among others, which makes it has earned the nickname “City of Three Tastes” – for salty, bittersweet. The farm-to-fork practice is also used in the province, where farmers deliver fresh produce and seafood directly to outlets and food manufacturers as well as to local households.
Phetchaburi is synonymous with a number of local dishes which have gained particular popularity and for its production of certain food products. Local recipes handed down from generation to generation, the cuisine of the royal courts of Ayutthaya and Rattanakosin, and Chinese and Mon cuisine have combined into dishes unique to Phetchaburi.
Some well-known dishes that reflect the cultural roots of Phetchaburi include Kaeng Kua Hua Tan (grog with palm curry), Khanom Cheen Thotman (fermented rice flour noodles with fried fish cake), Khao Chae (rice soaked in water accompanied by a variety of side dishes) and Kuaitiao Nam Daeng (red soup noodles).
Phetchaburi is also known for its desserts, especially Khanom mor gang (caramelized cream sweetened with palm sugar), Khanom tan (Palm SouflÃ© grog), and Lod Chong Namtan Khon (pandanus cendol with palm sugar fudge).
Tourists visiting Phetchaburi can combine the delicious cuisine on offer with exploring the various attractions. These include the Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park or as it is also known locally Khao Wang (meaning ‘hill with palace’) with its palace and temples on a hill overlooking the city; the Wat Mahathat Worawihan, Wat Kamphaeng Laeng, Wat Yai Suwannaram temples; and picturesque beaches, the most famous of which is Cha-am.
Finally, Kaeng Krachan National Park, which covers part of the provinces of Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan and Ratchaburi, with its 464,000 hectares, is the largest national park in Thailand and is known for its wildlife observation, hiking and its views of the “sea of ââmist”. during the cooler months from November to February. It is also home to the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex which was recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The UCCN was launched in 2004 to promote cooperation between cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. The network has seven membership categories – Crafts and Folk Art, Media Arts, Film, Design, Food, Literature and Music – which currently numbers around 250 cities around the world. These cities are working together towards a common goal: to place creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and to cooperate actively at the international level.
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