|Traditional: For the first time, a Vietnamese house, designed by local artist Phạm Hà Hải, will be set up on the hotel’s patio, where visitors can enjoy a range of Tết holiday foods including phở, bánh cuốn and bún chả. |Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — In the days leading up to the Lunar Year of the Dog, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi will host a festive open-air bazaar featuring more than a dozen stalls selling gourmet foods and beverages, designer clothing and handmade gifts.
The five-day Tết Hà Thành (Hanoian Tết Market) aims to share the observances of the Vietnamese new year with locals and visitors alike. For the first time, a Vietnamese house, designed by local artist Phạm Hà Hải, will be set up on the hotel’s patio, where visitors can enjoy a range of Tết holiday foods including phở, bánh cuốn and bún chả.
Meanwhile, the hotel’s open-air courtyard will be transformed into a bustling Hanoian market. Some 15 new vendors will take part in this year’s bazaar including Vietnamese fashion designers Hoa Nguyễn as well as Miss Vietnam 2010 Ngọc Hân, Liti Florist, Orfarm, Fargreen, Hellomam, The Warehouse, C-Brewmaster beer, Three Trees jewellery and local fine tea producers, Thưởng Trà. A special Tết holiday hamper filled with delicious delicacies from L’Epicerie du Metropole will also be available for sale.
The market will open to the public from 11am to 8pm from February 3 to 7.
On the opening day of the bazaar, quan họ (love duet) singers will welcome guests with live musical performances. Contestants will compete to make the best bánh chưng (square traditional rice cake). A spectacular dragon dance will bring good fortune to all in attendance. On Sunday, there will be a bánh cuốn-making (rice noodle roll) competition and on Monday a giò-making (Vietnamese sausage) competition. On Tuesday, there will be a fruit carving competition. On February 7, the final day of the market, contestants will compete to make the best spring roll. Winners will receive cake vouchers for the hotel’s delicatessen L’Epicerie du Metropole. — VNS