All things eco were on the menu when 20 agents joined Excite Holidays, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and OzHarvest for a Thai cooking class last week.
The ‘Cooking for a Cause’ event at Highgate Perth on Wednesday 28 August 2019 was held in celebration of Excite’s curated nine-page guide, Thailand: Open to the New Shades.
The afternoon kicked off with introductions by the OzHarvest team, and a brief insight into some of the amazing work they do collecting quality surplus food and distributing it to people in need.
Following this, attendees slipped on their OzHarvest and Excite and Amazing Thailand aprons and got their hands dirty in the kitchen, creating and plating up some delicious Thai favourites.
Once the cooking was complete (among the traditional dishes were chicken laksa, pad thai, son-in-law eggs, five-spice flourless chocolate cakes, gado gado, green bean and citrus salad, green Thai curry paste, and a vibrant orange and rocket salad), over 120 meals were packed into containers and sent off for delivery to those in need.
For a sweet finish, each attendee was able to write a message on the containers that the recipients would receive that night.
With their good deed done, the agents walked around the corner to a private dining room at Must Wine Bar (where they received a Thai-themed Siam Sunrise welcome cocktail on arrival) for a sit-down dinner of their own, followed by a presentation from TAT’s Sherly Handjojo, who shared a little bit about the amazing work being done by the Thai government to reduce the carbon footprint of both locals and tourists.
Among the most significant was the annual seasonal closures of many attractions and national parks across the Land of Smiles in order to preserve biodiversity and natural resources.
Handjojo also shared some examples of responsible Thai tourism operators offering different types of experiences before dinner was served on bamboo plates, with bamboo straws and candles made from recycled wine bottles also featuring as part of the sustainability-themed event.
To end the evening, Excite ensured agents took the eco-tourism ethos home with them – literally – with a branded Excite Holidays KeepCup and an Amazing Thailand bamboo spork.
Check out some of the pics from the night below: