Luang Prabang, Laos
The Cookbook Project worked in conjunction with the Children’s Cultural Center in Luang Prabang to run a workshop amidst the preparations for Xiangabouli, a celebratory boat racing festival marking the end Buddhist Lent, and the culmination of the three month rains retreat for Buddhist monks. Much excitement was spread throughout the city as ornamental boats and floats were constructed by hand from bamboo and colorful decorative materials. A group from the Children’s Cultural Center worked together to produce an amazing four-course meal which focused on local Luang Prabang specialities and incorporated a variety of local and regional ingredients. Food culture, and pride in local and regional cuisine was emphasized and celebrated throughout this workshop.