Wikipedia does a better job of describing the Loi Krathong festival than I can: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loi_Krat...
The food at this event at Wat Buddhananachat was incredible. There were close to two dozen vendors serving up the type of fare that one has to travel to Thailand, Laos or Los Angeles for. I'm new to Austin, and if this is representative of the Thai cuisine available in this area, please let me in on the know!
There were a ton of offerings. A partial list: Freshly steamed sticky rice, sour sausage, grilled skewered meats including chicken heart, whole fish, fish cakes, ho mok pla, larb, made-to-order papaya salad, curries, squeezed-to-order sugar cane juice, deep-fried banana, yen tau fu, beef noodle soup, and yes, even pad Thai. And dozens of sweet dishes based on coconut, rice and palm sugar.
I did a CH search and found zero mentions of this temple - what gives? Most Thai temples seem to have two large fests per year (now I'm definitely looking forward to the one in April for Thai New Year). I heard this one has a smaller monthly event with food as well. Anyone have more details?