On Sunday 24th November 2013, Bangkok’s food enthusiasts will flock to Asoke for “Big Bite Bangkok”, which will take place in the parking lot of Maduzi Hotel. There, from 11am-2pm the hungry crowd will satiate their cravings with hearty samples and full, plate-bending servings from a collection of competitively selected food and drink producers. With healthy fare side by side with cocktails and your deep fried favorites, the brief three hours of feasting is anything but your granny’s farmer’s market.
The Big Bite Bangkok market lures food-loving Bangkokians with the promise of ‘big bites’ or samples from each of the featured vendors. The vendors, some of the city’s best-loved restaurateurs and small-batch artisans, bank on their food being so palate pleasing you won’t be able to resist buying a full-sized portion to take home.
Since Big Bite’s inception two years ago, a bevy of markets have emerged around the city. “This isn’t a farmer’s market, Big Bite is a feasting market.” says an enthusiastic Dwight Turner, food blogger and co-creator of the event. The event has gained prominence with foodies by featuring everything from chicken and waffles to tum yum cocktails. According to Turner, Big Bite focuses on delicious, eclectic food by only accepting a few vendor proposals and searching for small scale artisans whose food has yet to reach a wider audience.
Co-organizer and street food expert Chawadee Nualkhair reveals, “We are always on the lookout for a new place to feed our faces, so harassing new vendors to present their yumtastic wares at Big Bite is no big stretch for us. Presenting fledgling and even amateur vendors with an opportunity to foist their newest culinary obsessions onto a wider audience is part of our mission.” Beyond the selection process, the event also garners attention from market-goers who enjoy preview tastes of new restaurants and street food carts. The duo is also proud the event happens in an easy to reach location and encourage people to take public transportation.
At July’s event, gourmet hot dog cart, Superbdog, was first to sell out, followed closely by artisan bread makers Maison Jean Philippe. Past events have also included well-known restaurants such as Opposite Mess Hall, Appia , Bo.lan, Chu Chocolate Bar & Café, newbie restaurateurs, and liquid indulgence from Beervana, Siam Winery, and Mekhong.
The winter addition arrives just in time to kick off Thanksgiving week doing exactly what the season calls for, eating well and giving generously. In addition to helping small—scale food producers, guests will have a chance to give to charity. All proceeds donated at the door of the free event will go to volunteer organization In Search of Sanuk which provides support for survivors of torture and trauma.
When: 11am-2pm, Sunday, November 24th, 2013
Where: Maduzi Hotel Parking Lot, Entrance on Ratchadapisek Rd.
Cost: Free, Charity Donation Suggested
Directions: Accessible by Skytrain and MRT, Maduzi Hotel is about 100 meters after the entrance to Sukhumvit Soi 16 on Ratchadapisek Rd. No parking will be available, attendees are encouraged to bike and take public transportation.