First Scandinavian business fair and party in Pattaya

On Saturday July 13, the first Scandinavian business fair and summer party was held at Baan Norway on Thapraya Road Soi 15 near Jomtien.

The event was not as big as the organiser, Tom Stenshavn from VIP-Reiser, had expected as there were altogether less than 10 Scandinavian businesses present at the fair. The participating companies were New Nordic, Scandic Property, Thailand –idag and a few local restaurants with Scandinavian food on the menu.  A few Scandinavian businesses from Bangkok such as Food Academy Bangkok (FAB) and ScandAsia also attended the event.

The afternoon race was cancelled as there were not enough participants. Nevertheless, about 60 participants turned up for the evening party at Baan Norway. Tickets (1,500 baht each) were available for sale on the door. Tom said that proceeds from the event would go to a foster home and a center for disabled Thais.

“This is the first time we have organised this. The Scandinavian community in Pattaya is big. There are over 1,000 Scandinavians living here but there has been no event like this before. We want to connect Scandinavians and it’s also a good opportunity for businesses to present themselves to the community,” said Tom.

“However, tickets for the next event will cost 1,000 baht per participant and 2,000 baht for each company wanting to have a stand there,” he added.

The party started at 7pm with a buffet featuring a few Thai and Western dishes such as grilled whole pig and spicy sauce, chicken with cashew nuts, fried rice, roast chicken, fish, salad and Spaghetti Bolognese. Soft drinks, beers and wine were also available for sale.

Tasty desserts could be found at FAB’s stand, presenting cinnamon rolls, cakes and cookies for participants to buy.

The highlight of the evening was the live band playing rock music.  The bassist of the band used to play with the renowned Danish singer Kim Larsen.

Later in the evening, Tom took to the stage to inform of the next event which will be held on December 21. Most of the participants left the party by 9pm.

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