Following a successful online dining series in April and May, Wonderfruit’s culinary arm Fruitfull is back with a pioneering weekend-long festival of food, sustainability, and culture on November 7th and 8th in the famously Thai surrounds of Jim Thompson House Museum.
After more than five decades without an event within its brilliant teak walls, Jim Thompson House is opening its doors and grounds to a food-loving public. To mark the significance of this rare occasion, the team behind Fruitfull (and Wonderfruit) have packed the two-day lineup with the brightest and boldest of the local and international food and beverage scenes—from Michelin-starred celebrities to hometown heroes and undiscovered edible treasures. With such pristine surrounds to play with, Fruitfull will implement pioneering sustainable practises throughout the event to ensure it stays that way; all food waste will be composted, packaging recycled, and a ban on single-use plastics means no waste produced at the event will find its way to landfill.
The weekend kicks off Friday evening with a pre-opener to set the scene: an assembly of 10-seat, Chinese banquet tables laden with retro-futuristic Thai-Chinese dishes by Sorn, Sühring, 80/20, Gaa, Soul Food Mahanakorn, and Samuay & Sons. Bookings are available by the table, so friends or family can wrestle with the lazy Susan.
Once-in-a-lifetime chef’s table experiences with Bangkok’s most decorated chefs headline each day, converting Jim Thompson’s original home into a private lunch and dinner dining room for 20 diners. Saturday sees Thitid “Ton” Tassanakajohn from one-Michelin-starred Le Du and Supinya “Jay Fai” Junsuta from one-Michelin-starred Raan Jay Fai creating a tasting menu that bridges innovative cuisine and street food. Duangporn ‘Bo’ Songvisava and Dylan Jones from one-Michelin-starred Bo.lan join Prin Polsuk from Samrub for Thai for an impeccable Thai service filled with ancient and endangered Thai recipes on Sunday.
For a more casual dining experience, Weerawat “Num” Triyasenawat takes over the Jim Thompson restaurant for the Bangkok debut of Mak Khang—the Samuay & Sons chef’s new Isaan concept from Udon Thani. Upstairs, two-Michelin-starred Sorn showcases a diversity of Southern flavors in a very special khanom jeen bar.
Hands-on masterclasses pair the weekend’s chefs with their international peers, to teach topics from Thai flavors and sustainable seafood, to natural wine and everything in between. Joining online from afar are Ben Chapman from Kiln in London (ranked as the UK’s Best Restaurant in 2018), Tomos Parry from one-Michelin-starred Brat in London, and Vicky Cheng from one-Michelin-starred VEA in Hong Kong.
A pop-up outdoor street food market boasts top chefs debuting their secret street flavors. 100 Mahaseth’s Chalee Kader, Appia’s Paolo Vitaletti, Soul Food Mahanakorn’s Jarrett Wrisley, and Dylan Jones from Bo.lan will each serve their version of quick bites, pitting their skills against the local stars of the community food-cart scene to showcase the subcultures of flavor in Bangkok. The courtyard at Jim Thompson House Museum will be transformed into a lively foodie’s playground packed with sustainability-driven food stalls, organic farmers’ market and thought-provoking workshops by Patom, SOS food rescue, and Ceremony Chocolate. Every aspect of food culture is touched, even the literary—Paolo Vitaletti and Jarrett Wrisley will be launching their food travel book, Roads to Rome, at Fruitfull.
The action doesn’t stop in between, with live band performances and DJs curated by ZudRangMa Records’ Maft Sai filling every space and hour with scene-setting sounds. DJs FunkyPump, Juice Willis, Supersonic, Kanehbos, and Tassmah are joined by groups The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band, Toomturn Molam Group, Yaan, and many more. Thirst will be handled by some of Bangkok’s most creative cocktail bars, offering something to engage crowds throughout the day. After hours, DJs serve up a celebration of each day in the Ayara Hall.
Tickets for Fruitfull start at 490 THB, and are available at Ticketmelon or at the gate. Chef’s table seats, Chinese banquet tables, and masterclasses must be booked in advance, and include entry to the event.
Book tickets now: http://bit.ly/fruitfulljt
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