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Wonderfruit Festival's Farm Stage Will Be Partially Edible

by Emily Ward | @_drawylime Tue February 14, 2017 | 03:30 PM

Just when you thought you'd seen it all re: edibles and festivals, Wonderfruit Festival comes along. The producers of the Pattaya, Thailand festival are in the middle of building a stage that, once the event is over, will return to the food source it started as. Rice is a significant dietary staple in Asian culture, and production designers PO-D Architects and Thor. Kaichon have found a way to extend the grain's life cycle by building the "Farm Stage with TAT" via bamboo and edible rice grain.

The stage, built structurally from bamboo and aesthetically with rice grain bundles, will top 120 feet in length and at the festival's conclusion, those "rice grains will be cultivated from it to share with other communities."  In an interview with Lonely Planet , festival co-founder Pete Phornprapha says "it's probably the world’s most sustainable stage."

As far as we can tell, no other festival has ever done anything like this. The move is perfectly in tune with the festival's desire to build bridges between festival culture and Thai culture. Edibles and festivals enjoy a colorful bond, and this move is true to Wonderfruit's pillar of sustainability at The Fields of Pattaya. Wonderfruit takes place this weekend, February 16-19, 2017.

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