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Ho Chi Minh City downtown fair showcases regional specialties, traditional crafts

Ho Chi Minh City downtown fair showcases regional specialties, traditional crafts

Saturday, December 30, 2023, 17:00 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City downtown fair showcases regional specialties, traditional crafts
Visitors purchase bags and hats at a stall of the Local Specialties-Traditional Craft Villages program held at Thong Nhat Hall in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 29, 2023. Photo: N.Tri / Tuoi Tre

A fair held at Thong Nhat Conference Hall in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City is providing local residents and visitors to the city the opportunity to explore regional specialties and traditional crafting.

The Local Specialties-Traditional Craft Villages program, organized by the Business Studies & Assistance Center and the Business Association of High Quality Vietnamese Products, kicked off on Friday and is running until Sunday.

A visitor tries dried persimmons from Da Lat City in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong at a stall of the Local Specialties-Traditional Craft Villages program held at Thong Nhat Hall in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 29, 2023. Photo: N.Tri / Tuoi Tre
A visitor tries dried persimmons from Da Lat City in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong at a stall of the Local Specialties-Traditional Craft Villages program held at Thong Nhat Hall in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 29, 2023. Photo: N.Tri / Tuoi Tre

The event features over 40 businesses showcasing products like rice paper from southern Tay Ninh Province, cocoa from the Mekong Delta region, cashew nuts from southern Binh Phuoc Province, and dried persimmons from Da Lat City in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. 

A visitor tries beef jerky at a stall of the Local Specialties-Traditional Craft Villages program held at Thong Nhat Hall in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 29, 2023. Photo: N.Tri / Tuoi Tre
A visitor tries beef jerky at a stall of the Local Specialties-Traditional Craft Villages program held at Thong Nhat Hall in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 29, 2023. Photo: N.Tri / Tuoi Tre

In addition to shopping, the program offers experiential activities, product trials, games, and especially daily demonstrations on preparing traditional desserts and cakes from different regions from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. 

Artisans also guide visitors in brocade and silk weaving at a stall of the Local Specialties-Traditional Craft Villages program held at Thong Nhat Hall in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 29, 2023. Photo: N.Tri / Tuoi Tre
Artisans guide visitors in brocade and silk weaving at a stall of the Local Specialties-Traditional Craft Villages program held at Thong Nhat Hall in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 29, 2023. Photo: N.Tri / Tuoi Tre

The vibrant atmosphere on the opening day drew a large crowd, with visitors expressing enthusiasm for trying various dishes, purchasing New Year gifts, and exploring traditional crafts. 

Artisans also guide visitors in crafting experiences, including making ‘to he’ (edible toy statuettes), loofah and grass products, beeswax painting, and brocade and silk weaving. 

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