PHUKET: The Phuket Local Food Festival 2012 starts today at the central stage area at Saphan Hin Public Park in Phuket Town.

The event, funded and organized by the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (PPAO), runs through Sunday night with a wide variety of staged entertainment, games and shopping opportunities.

Most of the staged entertainment will be by children in schools administered under the PPAO umbrella, but there will also be musical performances and beauty contests, including one for ladyboys on the final night.