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Int’l food fest serves up global flavors in Ho Chi Minh City

Friday, November 15, 2019, 15:01 GMT+7
Int’l food fest serves up global flavors in Ho Chi Minh City
A Japanese food stall at the international food festival held at the Youth Culture House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, November 14, 2019. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

The 14th edition of an international food festival featuring dishes from four different continents is giving Saigon’s foodies a chance to explore the world without leaving the city.

This year’s festival, themed 'Vietnam -- Kitchen of the World,' kicked off with an opening ceremony on Thursday and is set to run daily from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm at the Youth Culture House in District 1 until November 17.

More than 50 booths offering delicious regional dishes from across Vietnam, as well as cuisines from South Korea, Japan, Thailand, China, India, and several countries in Europe and the Americas.

The event will also feature a live cooking demonstration by chefs from five-star hotels on both November 16 and 17.

Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa, deputy director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism, speaks at the opening ceremony of the international food festival held at the Youth Cultural House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, November 14, 2019. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa, deputy director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism, speaks at the opening ceremony of the international food festival held at the Youth Culture House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, November 14, 2019. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

Chefs from the Saigon Professional Chefs Guild also have plans to demonstrate how to cook several traditional Vietnamese dishes.

Games and bartending performances are also scheduled to be held throughout the festival.

On Thursday evening, in honor of Vietnam’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier match, the festival organized a public live screening of the game, during which hundreds of football fans enjoyed international cuisines while celebrating the Golden Stars’ 1-0 victory over the UAE.

Over the past 13 years, the festival has attracted an average of 300,000 visitors annually, according to the organizer.

Vietnam was recognized as Asia’s Leading Culinary Destination at the 26th World Travel Awards in October while business magazine CEOWorld’s Street Food City Index ranked Ho Chi Minh City as the world’s fourth best hub for street food in 2019.

A food stall at the international food festival held at the Youth Cultural House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, November 14, 2019. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

A food stall at the international food festival held at the Youth Culture House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, November 14, 2019. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

A food stall at the international food festival held at the Youth Cultural House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, November 14, 2019. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

A food stall at the international food festival held at the Youth Culture House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, November 14, 2019. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

Salad on sale at the international food festival held at the Youth Cultural House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, November 14, 2019. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

Salad on sale at the international food festival held at the Youth Culture House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, November 14, 2019. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

A vendor sells food from a stall at the international food festival held at the Youth Cultural House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, November 14, 2019. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

A vendor sells food from a stall at the international food festival held at the Youth Culture House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, November 14, 2019. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

Barbecue meat on sale at the international food festival held at the Youth Cultural House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, November 14, 2019. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

Barbecue meat on sale at the international food festival held at the Youth Culture House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, November 14, 2019. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

A South Korean visitor buys a drink from a stall at the international food festival held at the Youth Cultural House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, November 14, 2019. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

A South Korean visitor buys a drink from a stall at the international food festival held at the Youth Culture House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, November 14, 2019. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

Visitors enjoy music performances at the international food festival held at the Youth Cultural House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, November 14, 2019. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

Visitors enjoy music performances at the international food festival held at the Youth Culture House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, November 14, 2019. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

A food stall at the international food festival held at the Youth Cultural House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, November 14, 2019. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

A food stall at the international food festival held at the Youth Culture House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, November 14, 2019. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

A Thai food stall at the international food festival held at the Youth Cultural House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, November 14, 2019. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

A Thai food stall at the international food festival held at the Youth Culture House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, November 14, 2019. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

Visitors enjoy food from around the world at the international food festival held at the Youth Cultural House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, November 14, 2019. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

Visitors enjoy food from around the world at the international food festival held at the Youth Culture House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, November 14, 2019. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

A Turkish ice cream stall at the international food festival held at the Youth Cultural House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, November 14, 2019. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

A Turkish ice cream stall at the international food festival held at the Youth Culture House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, November 14, 2019. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

A food stall at the international food festival held at the Youth Cultural House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, November 14, 2019. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

A food stall at the international food festival held at the Youth Culture House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, November 14, 2019. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

Dumplings on sale at the international food festival held at the Youth Cultural House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, November 14, 2019. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

Dumplings on sale at the international food festival held at the Youth Culture House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, November 14, 2019. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

Coconut worm on sale at the international food festival held at the Youth Cultural House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, November 14, 2019. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Coconut worms on sale at the international food festival held at the Youth Culture House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, November 14, 2019. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Insects as food on sale at the international food festival held at the Youth Cultural House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, November 14, 2019. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Insects as food on sale at the international food festival held at the Youth Culture House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, November 14, 2019. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

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