On October 30, Chef Nikky hosted an extraordinary Escape to Thailand online experience. For this event, she celebrating the Yi Peng Festival, the Thai lunar festival as it is observed in Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand.
As part of the celebration, Chef Nikky demonstrated how to make nam prik ong and pad kee mow, two staple dishes in Northern Thailand cuisine. She also invited her friend, Britten LaRue, to share insights on moon astrology. Additionally, she recreated an important feature of the Yi Peng Festival: the floating of lanterns.
Chef Nikky’s Yi Peng Festival celebration became an opportunity for bonding.
Chef Nikky reported that her Yi Peng Festival celebration was a truly soul-feeding event. Many of the Soul Foodies who signed up for the event joined as a family. They used the event as a family-bonding activity.
Many are friends who wanted to have something to do together. The celebration gave them a chance to dine on delicious food that they cooked as a group.
Everyone took the time to share online the food they created. They were all amazed at how colorful and flavorful the pad kee mow and nam prik ong were. And they all marveled at how easy it was to prepare these dishes in their own kitchen.
Most of all, they were all enchanted with Chef Nikky’s stories, where she relived her memories of attending the Yi Peng Festival in Chiang Mai in 2019. A lot of the guests didn’t know that the Thai tradition of floating lanterns came from this festival. It was a truly magical moment.
Britten LaRue gave inspiring insights on the moon cycle.
As a treat for the evening, Chef Nikky brought in her friend Britten LaRue as her special guest. Ms. LaRue is an expert in moon astrology. Together, Chef Nikky and Ms. LaRue discussed the similarities between the western and eastern meanings of this particular full moon.
Ms. LaRue gave truly inspiring insights. October’s full moon coincided with the eve of Halloween. Thus, it became associated with the end of a cycle. It was a time to let go of what was, to give thanks for its lessons, and to set intentions for the future.
Thais have similar beliefs, according to Chef Nikky. In Thailand, the Yi Peng Festival is aligned with the end of the season. It’s a time to give thanks to the gods and goddesses, as well as to the water for a bountiful harvest. Moreover, it’s a time to ask forgiveness for any harm done to the water and to Mother Earth.
Many who have attended the class have immediately signed up for the last stop of the Escape to Thailand series for this year. It’s happening this December, and it will be an exploration of the holiday traditions in Bangkok. You can join this cooking experience here: https://bit.ly/30o9lHT.