|FoodFest: Popular specialities from many cities and provinces are on offer at the 8th Southern Food Festival that kicked off on May 31 at Đầm Sen Cultural Park in HCM City’s District 11. Photo Gia Thuận|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — Popular specialities from many cities and provinces are on offer at the 8th Southern Food Festival that opened yesterday at Đầm Sen Cultural Park in HCM City’s District 11.
The four-day event has 60 food stalls set up by restaurants, hotels and food and beverage businesses in HCM City; Thừa Thiên-Huế, Quảng Nam, Đồng Nai, Bình Thuận, Ninh Thuận, Tây Ninh, Bến Tre, Long An, and Tiền Giang provinces; and the Central Highlands.
There are several zones earmarked for local specialities such as the Old Saigon area, chè (pudding) and bánh (cake), clean and safe vegetables, local markets, and traditional handicrafts.
The event will also feature performances such as đờn ca tài tử (southern amateur music) and dance by an Ê Đê ethnic minority art troop.
The annual festival aims to preserve and promote the country’s culinary culture and cuisine tourism, Nguyễn Thị Ánh Hoa, deputy director of the city Department of Tourism, said.
Entry fee costs VNĐ250,000 (US$11) and includes a food voucher.
Children get free admission on International Children’s Day, June 1.
The event is organised by the Department of Tourism, the Tourism Association and Phú Thọ Tourist Service Company. —VNS