Vietnam whets appetite for Goût de France

Twenty-four restaurants will participate in the third Vietnam edition of the annual worldwide Goût de France cuisine festival

French dishes at the press conference announcing Goût de France 2017 in Ho Chi Minh City on March 14, 2017

Twenty-four restaurants from around the country will participate in the third Vietnam edition of the worldwide French food fest Goût de France.

The “Goût de France” or “Good France” project is a worldwide event organized by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs with inspiration from renowned French chef Auguste Escoffier’s 'les Dîners d’Épicure,' an event originally held in 1912 where diners around the world were able to indulge in the exact same French-inspired menu on the exact same day.

In a similar vein, 2,000 restaurants and 150 French embassies worldwide plan to participate in the 2017 Goût de France, showcasing the innovation and diversity of French gastronomy to the world.

Dinners at participating restaurants will be served simultaneously on March 21, honoring the merits of French cuisine, its capacity for innovation, and its values: sharing, enjoying, and respecting the principles of high-quality, environmentally responsible cuisine.

Twenty-four restaurants in Vietnam have registered for the event, including eight in Ho Chi Minh City.

“This is a chance to honor French cuisine, especially the French-style menu, which has been named by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity,” Consul General of the French Republic in Ho Chi Minh City Emmanuel Ly-Batallan said at a press conference to announce the festival on Tuesday.

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Consul General of the French Republic in Ho Chi Minh City Emmanuel Ly-Batallan (C) speaks at a press conference to announce Goût de France 2017 on March 14. Photo: Dong Nguyen/ Tuoi Tre News

This year’s Goût de France will put a particular focus on hospitality, hotel management, and tourism training, with students studying those fields at university joining forces to prepare Goût de France’s dinners.

On March 21, an education orientation session will be held at the Residence of France in District 1 for high school students to learn about various hospitality management training programs offered by Ho Chi Minh City colleges in collaboration with French institutes.

Last year, Goût de France was held in 150 countries.

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