Pattaya Vegetarian Festival returns Sept. 26

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More than 5,000 people are expected to attend Pattaya’s annual Vegetarian Festival Sept. 26 – Oct. 6 at the Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan Foundation in Naklua.

As in previous years, the highlight will be the vegetarian cooking, parades and popular entertainment.

The festival will feature a Chinese dragon parade and processions of Chinese gods. The opening day will feature the cooking of “heavenly fried noodles with 8 kinds of seasoning” in a giant skillet. The dish – made of 400 kilos of noodles and 8 lucky ingredients, including chestnut, lotus seeds, bell peppers, ginkgo and cashew nuts, shiitake mushrooms, dried bean curd and vegetarian seasoning – will be passed out to thousands of revelers, many dressed in white to honor the end of the Buddhist Lent season.

The festival kicks off with a “heaven and earth” ceremony at 9:19 a.m. Sept. 26, followed by a parade at 12:29 p.m. from Bali Hai Pier to Naklua, stopping to stage a Chinese dragon show at Mike Shopping Mall. Another ceremony follows, with the official food exhibits beginning at 4 p.m.