by Liz Miller
On Sunday, April 22, the Thai Association of Greater St. Louis hosts its annual Traditional Thai New Year Festival, also known as the Songkran Festival, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Thai Buddhist Temple of Greater St. Louis (890 Lindsay Lane, Florissant; 314-839-3115). The event is free to attend with the exception of food and drink purchases, which of course, is Gut Check's bag.
The official festival website doesn't list participating vendors and restaurants, but many phone calls later, Gut Check has confirmed that the following Thai restaurants will have food available for purchase: Pearl Cafe (8416 North Lindbergh Boulevard, Florissant; 314-831-3701), Blue Elephant (7816 Forsyth Boulevard; 314-862-0500), Simply Thai (2470 North Highway 67, Florissant; 314-921-2179), Manee Thai (481 Lafayette Center, Ballwin; 636-256-8898), Sen Thai Asian Bistro (1221 Locust Street; 314-436-3456), Thai Nivas Cafe (11054 Olive Boulevard; 314-567-8989), Thai Cafe (6170 Delmar Boulevard; 314-862-6868), Thai Country Cafe (6223 Delmar Boulevard; 314-862-0787), Thai Pizza Company (608 Eastgate Avenue; 314-862-4429) and Thai Gai Yang Cafe (6250 Delmar Boulevard; 314-862-4400).
Though that's a pretty impressive list by itself, it's likely that the festival will feature food from many other Thai restaurants. For the low-down on the best Thai food in town, check out Gut Check's list of the five best Thai restaurants in St. Louis, which includes Simply Thai and Pearl Cafe, two of the confirmed restaurants serving food at the festival.