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HCM City to celebrate Khmer New Year

Update: May, 22/2015 - 08:34

They will feature Khmer's costumes and the dances lam thol and chhay dam, and perform dan ngu am (five-tone musical instrument). — Photo qdnd

HCM CITY (VNS) — The Ethnic Khmer New Year, Chol Chnam Thmay, will be featured at the Southern Land food festival, held at Dam Sen Park in HCM City from May 29 to June 1.

The Khmer Art Troupe of Bac Lieu Province will showcase life, culture, and art of the ethnic minorities during the four day festival, said a representative of the city's Department's of Tourism at a press briefing yesterday.

They will feature Khmer's costumes and the dances lam thol and chhay dam, and perform dan ngu am (five-tone musical instrument).

The fifth festival will also focus on ethnic cuisine with dishes like bun nuoc leo (vermicelli soup cooked from Bo Hoc salted fish) and cakes made of palm sugar and ginger.

In addition, restaurants, hotels and well-known food and beverage businesses in HCM City and 16 provinces, including Vung Tau, Dong Nai, Binh Thuan, Ninh Thuan, Tay Ninh, Ben Tre, and Long An, will take part in the event with a total of 100 food pavilions.

Cuisines from the central coast , Central Highlands and the south will be highlighted at the event.

Besides enjoying a wide variety of more than 200 dishes, visitors will have an opportunity to watch demonstrations of cooking arts, and decorative arts of fruit and vegetable carvings.

"Mot Goc Cho Que Phuong Nam" (A Corner of the Rural Southern Market) will display Southern specialties, including goat, duck and chicken, and will feature hawkers as well as a circus and ho doi dap (call-and-response singing).

Entrance to Dam Sen Park is free, but a food coupon must be purchased for VND200,000.

The organisers, in cooperation with Bac Lieu Province's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, will donate VND100 million from the festival's proceeds to 20 poor Khmer households in the province's Hoa Binh District.

Debuting in 2011, the festival has become an annual event of the city designed to promote regional cuisine to both local and foreign tourists. — VNS

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