MAD FACE celebrates those wacky and wild, first date-ruining faces we all make when stuffing ourselves with delicious food. Ecstatic eyes, nostrils flared, mouth open way too wide…followed by a combination of chomping, smearing, smacking, burping, maybe even a questionable moan…It’s not pretty, it’s hungry—it’s never been so hungry.
MAD FACE is a community of food makers and food lovers united by a shared passion for cooking, drinking and, of course, eating. Our MAD FACE members come from all walks of life and with diverse relationships to food: head chefs and home cooks; traditionalists and try-anything-once types; domestic goddesses and dons of the deep fryer. Their cooking backgrounds range from culinary school to grandma-taught to self-taught. Whatever their story, they enjoy telling it on a plate. In short, we meet to eat and friendships are fostered through the breaking of bread, the melting of cheese, the slurping of sauce…you get the picture.
MAD FACE FOOD WEEK is an annual event that brings together the most compelling and frankly, mad players and personalities in the regional F&B family. The 3-day gathering serves up a fresh perspective on Bangkok’s eating scene, one not driven by awards or “best” lists but by characters, community and a healthy dash of crazy. This is the food festival where chefs and cooks cut loose, create what they want, and have a dance-off with their diners along the laid-back Chao Praya River.
- MORE THAN 60 MAD FACE FOOD STALLS
At the center of the festival is a lively marketplace of more than 60 stalls, twice more than last year, hosted by chefs, home cooks, restaurants, families and foodies. Each vendor will put forth a laser-focus menu, serving 1 or 2 original creations that have never been featured on their regular menus or repertoire. Stalls are set up for socializing, with neighboring vendors coming together to create different ad-hoc “zones,” complete with their own music, look and vibe. Stay hungry!
All vendors are serving something for every stomach, categorized as listed below
A: Sugar Rush
Butter-laden pastries, calorific desserts and caffeine with a kick—everything your doctor warned you about, all conveniently in one place. You’re welcome!
B: Old Town-ers
Take your tastebuds down…to Chinatown with the doers, makers and cocktail shakers from Bangkok’s buzziest neighbourhood.
C: No Fork Zone
The ultimate “hands-on” eating experience. BYOB: Bring Your Own Bib. Not recommended for first dates unless you want it to be your last date.
D: Non-chef Kitchen Meltdown
Meet the guys and girls with meat-grinding skills in both the kitchen and on the dance floor as they cook up something other than trouble.
E: Fresh off the Farm
Ain’t nothing nasty about these au naturel goodies, lovingly grown by the region’s grooviest grocers.
F: Ooh Baby, I Like it Raw
Seafood is fresher than you. Pick your shellfish or sea fish and have it cooked—or uncooked—your way.
G: The Farang Pit
Our city’s eating scene wouldn’t be so damn tasty without these chefs and restaurateurs who call Bangkok their second home.
H: Crazy Rich Asian Food
Sample crazy, rich flavors prepared by real and honorary Asians.
I: Wholesome Fun
Nutritious, guilt-free and gut-lovin’ fare—the food here are healthy, ain’t naughty.
J: No Spain, No Gain
Pimento! Flamenco! Tesco! Olé! Eat, drink and dance to this flamboyant showcase of Spanish culture.
- TWO POP-UP RESTAURANTS & THE MAD FACE BAR
It’s a MAD FACE-OFF! In our friendly culinary competition, two collectives, comprised of chefs, mixologists and a whole host of colorful characters, will be curating and running their own “pop-up” restaurant experience throughout the 3-day event. Their approach may differ, but these two groups have bonded over a mutual respect for food as well as one another.
The Mad Face Bar offers a variety of drinks in all area. Furthermore, there is a cocktail bar by the river serving special cocktails created by a collaborative effort among local mixologists. Prepare for funk, fun, and a whole lot of spirit throughout the weekend.
- THREE EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE DINNERS
A warehouse is transformed by night into the venue for our private dinners. Taking place every evening, each dinner will be plated up by different chefs, offering a fresh and unique dining experience each time to a collective foodie. More Details Coming Soon…
- TWO SUNSET DINNER CRUISES (ONLY ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY)
Sunset Dinner Cruise is newly added this year for those who are looking for leveraged experience throughout a full-course dinner while relishing the sunset and best views of Chao Phraya River. More Details Coming Soon…
- TWO MAD FACE BOAT PARTIES (ONLY ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY)
A barge will be transformed into a bash hosted by local renowned music brotherhoods. Mad Face Boat Party is the opportunity to have more food and fun with hundreds of people. More Details Coming Soon…