I remember sitting around my dining room table with @DwightTurner a little over a year ago, lamenting the bizarre lack of farmer’s markets in a food-obsessed town of at least 10 million people. Fast forward to today … er, I mean Bangkok in December 2012, where a burgeoning food lovers’ community held not one, but two great farmer’s markets just yesterday. I now have the option of getting homemade bread, organic veggies, freshly-laid eggs and artisanal cheese delivered straight to my door, and the city seems to be awash in rival bread- and (somewhat surprisingly) bagel-makers. Organic counters in supermarkets are filled with vegetables and fruits from a plethora of different farms. Organicly-grown khao glong, or “brown rice”, once considered food for prison inmates, can be found on more Thai dinner plates. It’s a good time to be in Bangkok, if you like this kind of thing.
To give some kind of illustration to how the local food community has grown over the past few months, I point to Big Bite: this January, when we held our very first one, we had nine vendors. This past July, that number reached 13. When we hold Big Bite this next Sunday, we’ll have a whopping 20! Although it’s a shame we currently lack the space to accommodate everyone who wants to vend (including yours truly), who knows what the future might hold? We wanted Big Bite to show off, not only the talent of the great food professionals who make Bangkokian’s lives happier every day, but the amateurs who are brave enough to try out whatever it is they are spending their weekend afternoons slaving over, foisting on unsuspecting neighbors, and secretly obsessing about during boring work meetings. I’m glad that we are beginning to see that happen.
This time, I’ll finally get the chance to mill around and taste something that’s not the panicked result of a rushed midnight cooking session the night before (ie. my own stuff). The folks from Birds in a Row, BKK Bagel Bakery, Twist, Pigwit, Bo.lan and Urban Pantry are back, and we are excited to welcome newcomers like Beervana, Bagel Cafe and a joint venture between chefs Jarrett Wrisley and Paolo Vitaletti, who will be bringing us porchetta. And we’ll be getting help from Mekhong! If nothing else, this promises to be a very, shall we say, fun? affair.
So if you see a slightly inebriated middle-aged woman with porchetta stains on her face, don’t hesitate to say hi. I’ll be happy to stop and chat.
Big Bite December
When: Sunday, Dec. 9, 11am-2pm
Where: Maduzi Hotel parking lot (http://www.maduzihotel.com/location-en.html)