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Free massages and NYC’s best Thai food in Union Square for Experience Thailand

The Thai consulate is bringing back its Experience Thailand event to Union Square Park this weekend.

Dancers perform at last year's Experience Thailand event.

Experience Thailand

From the elaborate replica archway entrance to the Bangkok-style bazaar, Experience Thailand really means it.

The festival, put on for a second year by the Royal Thai Consulate General, returns to Union Square Park this Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Free to all are cultural events like cooking and Muay Thai boxing demonstrations, dancing, a fashion show of established and upcoming Thai designers, and treats made by the consulate’s personal chef. There’s also a display of award-winning Thai craftsmanship with silks and other works by villagers on loan from the Royal Palace.

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Around the main stage will be a made-in-Thailand marketplace — a Bangkok-style bazaar of furniture, flowers and perfumes. And because the consulate know you already love their food, they invited over a dozen of NYC’s authentic Thai restaurants (Somtum Der, Jaia, Qi) serving a la carte dishes of papaya salad, pad Thai, curries and more. Take your haul to the festival’s beer garden and pair it with Thailand’s Chang Beer.

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