The fair was held by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in collaboration with the Center of Agricultural Trade Promotion. It was one of the most important cultural festivals in Hanoi. There were several cities and provinces across the country registering to set up booths in the event, namely, Hanoi, Bac Ninh, Bac Giang, Hung Yen, Hai Duong, Dien Bien, Lao Cai, Thai Nguyen, Phu Tho, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Thua Thien Hue, Binh Dinh, Binh Thuan, Dak Lak, Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Binh Phuoc, Tien Giang, Dong Thap, Ca Mau,… The fair had the participation of a large number of craft villages and handicraft plants that manufacture a variety kinds of products such as wooden handicrafts, stone carving, feng shui, ceramics, horn handicrafts, pearl, rattan, Dong Ho painting, embroidery, driftwood, and jewelry.
Addressing at the opening ceremony, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Hoang Van Thang said that the aim of the fair was to develop agriculture sustainably; encourage economic exchange activities; promote brands, products of traditional handicrafts; stimulate creativity of artisans, craftsmen and manufacturers to improve the quality and diversity of products.
At the ceremony, the organizing added that stalls in the fair were divided into separate areas that had connection in term of ideas and content. Areas were divided ass follows: an area exhibiting typical handicrafts and high-quality products that were awarded in contests, an area of the Department of Agriculture and Rural development along with Trade Promotion Center for Agriculture, a jewelry area, a ceramic and crystal one, an area of mosaic sculptures from stone, wood, horn, an area of rattan and silk products, and a dried flower one.
The fair also recreated a cultural and culinary space of 3 regions in Vietnam: the North, the Central and the South. The cuisine area was designed in style of bamboo houses in North Delta. Here hundreds of specialties across Vietnam were beautifully decorated to serve participants. Visiting the cuisine area, tourists had the opportunity to not only contemplate the architecture of Vietnamese traditional house but also take a first-hand look on artisans performing and decorating fascinating dishes. A cooking contest themed “traditional trays of 3 regions” taking place from 8h30 to 10h30 on September 13th 2014 attracted attentions from a large number of visitors. It was a playground for cuisine lover to have the chance to meet, sharing experiences and enjoying traditional foods.
Craft Viet Fair 2014 was an opportunity to introduce some typical Vietnam handicrafts. On this occasion, Mr. Hoang Van Thang, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development expressed his desire that the fair would become a place of introducing and honoring traditional handicrafts of Vietnam.