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With twenty founding members and great fanfare, founding president Brian Connelly launched IWFS Phuket on August 21 2014.  Phuket is home to some of the most wonderful resorts in Thailand, if not the world, and it transpires that the members of the newly launched Phuket Branch include the owners or general managers of some of the very best.

The inaugural dinner was held at Dusit D2, a luxury location with an extravagant fit out that provided a simply gorgeous venue for the opening event.  So many thanks to founding member Kelly Lewis for his contribution to the organisation of this event.  Chair of both the IWFS Society worldwide as well as the Asia Pacific region, Yvonne Wallis, flew to Phuket to join this fantastic celebration.  The professionalism of the staff attending the dinner was simply outstanding.  The food was very special and the wines were a treat, wisely chosen to match a stunning menu – thanks Kelly and Jon.  See the menu and media coverage.


The founding of the Phuket Branch was preceded by two planning dinners with the executive committee, one on May 28 2014 at Twin Palms and the other on the night before the opening, on August 20 2014, at Siam Supper Club.  President Brian Connelly was clearly on top of the process from start to finish, Vice-President Mike Inman was a brilliant help in advising on membership opportunities, Treasurer Lukas Gerber was itching to wrench the books from Brian, and Wine and Cellar Master Peter Jones was a solid support in every possible way.  It became clear early on that this would be a highly professional and efficient branch, but that members were a little crazy and there would be no shortage of fun and naughtiness.  Good job!


The Society at large, and the Asia Pacific Zone in particular, are delighted to offer a very warm welcome to Founding President Brian Connelly, his executive committee, and founding members of IWFS Phuket.

Phuket is a professional, dual gender branch, whose members are seriously motivated to enjoy the very best in food and wine and to do this in a convivial setting with great friends.  It seems that a level of craziness blesses this mischievous branch as they strive towards their objective of seeking the best in wine and food.  The branch will meet locally about 4 times a year.  Members can also enjoy the opportunity of attending the various festivals offered by IWFS in the Asia Pacific Zone as well as festivals in the Americas and Europe/Africa hosted by our sister zones.

Membership is by invitation only.

If you are interested in joining the Phuket Branch, please click on Contact Us.