Phuket presents a new seafood and food festival “Tastival”

Following Phuket’s Roi Rim Lay seafood festival last weekend, island officials yesterday offered another seafood and food festival for the first time. The festival is called “Phuket Tastival Seafood and Food: Roi-Yok-Lo”. It will continue until Monday, April 4. Phuket Deputy Governor Anupap and several other officials attended the opening at Saphan Hin, the huge public park on the island’s east coast.

Tastival offers several fresh seafood stalls sold by the kilogram, as well as live music and cultural entertainment. There is traditional Thai food, as well as Japanese yakisoba. The festival follows Covid-19 health and safety protocols. A budget has been allocated for the event by the Ministry of Commerce at the Phuket Provincial Trade Office.

Tastival, Roi Rim Lay and other similar food festivals in Phuket have been designed to revive the island’s struggling local economy. Officials hope the revenue from these festivals will help local farmers, fishermen and vendors. As Phuket has primarily operated on a tourist economy, Covid-19 has devastated the province’s livelihoods. Phuket officials are working on several strategies to help locals earn an income.

Last week Phuket Governor Narong said the provincial government would work with local government organizations to create 10,000 minimum wage jobs.

In addition to boosting the economy, Tastival also aims to highlight Phuket’s position as a UNESCO-recognized creative city in the field of gastronomy. Officials hope this will also help promote Phuket to tourists.

THE SOURCE: Phuket News

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