The Hanoitimes - Excellent cuisines of Vietnam and foreign countries will be introduced at 100 booths at the 12th Taste of the World festival scheduled for January 11 to 14 in Ho Chi Minh City.
The event, jointly held by the municipal Department of Tourism and the Vietnam Tourism Association, draws the participation of foreign countries like Denmark, Argentina, Italy and Thailand, the organising board said on January 4.
Visitor at 11th Taste of the World festival.
The booths will be arranged into various zones, including international corner, Vietnamese corner, street food, special corner and entertainment corner. According to Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa, Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Tourism, the event aims to promote Vietnamese specialty and foreign dishes while creating opportunities to promote regional and international friendship and cooperation. Last year, the event attracted 300,000 visitors.
“Taste of the World” Festival is an annual cuisine event held in Ho Chi Minh City to welcome Christmas and New Year. Festival 2012 introduced to visitors delicious dishes from 20 countries and territories, including India, the US, Japan, Russia, France, Germany, Mexico and South Korea.
The festival on 2012 also attracted the participation of Martin Yan, a well- known chef from the TV program Yan Can Cook who introduced locals and visitors to the culinary art of many countries in the world. Martin Yan said that he was really interested in and highly appreciated Vietnamese cuisine.
At the opening ceremony of “Taste of the World” Festival 2012”, visitors had a chance to see and participate in a series of activities, such as cooking and serving foods at food stalls, performing the skills to decorate dishes, traditional arts, folk games, traditional customs and traditional music.
During the five-day festival, many unique and colorful cultural events were held. Particularly, a new record of “Melon Lanterns” with more than 100 lanterns made from melons was set. The highlight of the festival was the performance of head-chefs of five-star hotels that aimed at presenting special dishes of high-class hotels in Vietnam.