Ho Chi Minh City hosts int’l street food festival

It takes place at Le Van Tam Park in District 1

Having been held for 11 years, the International Cuisine Festival attracts 300,000 to 500,000 visitors every year, enhancing cultural ties among the countries through cuisine and tourism. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A variety of international and local dishes will be served at the 2018 International Cuisine Festival in Ho Chi Minh City from January 11 to January 14.

The 12th International Cuisine Festival features over 50 common Vietnamese fried foods, international street food, and activities designed to introduce attendees to worldwide cuisine.

Le Van Tam Park in District 1, the site of the festival, has already been decorated to resemble famous landmarks from around the world with seven separate areas boasting 100 stands serving cuisine from each country represented at the festival.

Themed “Food Journey Connecting the World,” the fest promises to introduce the diversity of the world’s cuisine to Ho Chi Minh City.

Visitors to the festival will be exposed to unique, real-life experiences and a host of cultural activities and entertainment.

A clutch of Vietnamese cooking classes, including a demonstration on how to make 50 classic Vietnamese fried dishes, will be held throughout the festival.

According to Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa, vice-president of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism, this is a chance to promote Vietnamese cuisine through a chain of diverse events at the end of the lunar year in order to attract more tourists and visitors.

The price of Vietnamese dishes served at the festival will not exceed VND30,000, said Chiem Thanh Long, a member of the festival’s organizing committee.

The organizing committee will choose Vietnam’s well-known and representative dishes such as traditional thang co from the H’Mong ethnic minority and grilled meat and fish from Lang Son.  

They also work to ensure food safety and quality throughout the event.

“We agreed to limit the number of participants, and number of stands, in order to guarantee the food quality at the fest,” Hoa said.

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