September 12, 2017
The Royal Thai Embassy organized the 4th Destination Thailand festival at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto
On Saturday, 9 September 2017, the Royal Thai Embassy in Ottawa in collaboration with the Thai Trade Centre in Toronto, the Office of Agricultural Affairs in Washington D.C., and the Tourism Authority of Thailand in New York, organized the 4th Destination Thailand festival at Yonge-Dundas Square, with a view to promote Thai culture, trade, agriculture, and tourism in the heart of downtown Toronto.
H.E. Mr. Vijavat Isarabhakdi, Ambassador of Thailand to Canada, delivered remarks during the opening ceremony to welcome all the distinguished guests and visitors by highlighting the significance of the festival. The Ambassador also paid tribute to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and honoured His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun for His boundless dedication to the Kingdom and people of Thailand.
(To read the Ambassador’s welcoming remarks, please visit www.thaiembassy.ca)
The ceremony was attended by many distinguished guests such as Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Toronto Centre - Rosedale) who also gave some remarks at the festival, Councillor Godwin Chan (Town of Richmond Hill), Mr. George Heller, Honorary Consul-General of Thailand in Toronto, Dr. Ken NG, Chairman of the Federation of Chinese Canadians in Markham (FCCM) as well as heads of various agencies of the Thai Government, known collectively as Team Thailand.
Throughout the day, visitors had a chance to taste authentic Thai food from local Thai Select certified restaurants, sample and buy unique Thai products, and enjoy a variety of performances and activities, such as Thai classical dances by the Thai Dance Troupe of Ottawa (TDO), a Muay Thai demonstration by Siam No. 1 Muay Thai Academy, showcases of fruit carvings by the Thai Society of Ontario (TSO), umbrella painting by SD Thai Umbrella Painting, traditional Thai massage by the Traditional Thai Massage Association of Ontario, as well as participate in games and lucky draws to win prizes and Thai souvenirs. This year's festival was attended by approximately 5,000 visitors.