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Southern Cuisine Festival 2014 honoring local specialties

Tue, 03 Jun 2014. Last updated Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:44

On May 29th, the 4th Southern Cuisine Festival 2014 was held at Dam Sen Park by the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Ho Chi Minh City in collaboration with Phu Tho Tourism Company.

This is an annually unique cultural and Culinary Festival in Ho Chi Minh City in particular and in Southern Vietnam in general. The festival aims to honor and introduce cultural and culinary values of Southern land to international tourists. It is an ideal opportunity for businesses in catering service to promote their trade marks and unique specialties of localities participating in the festival.

 

Fresh tomatoes from Dalat

 

This year festival had the participation of over 30 enterprises including tourism companies, restaurants, hotels, resorts and Tourism Information and Promotion Center of Southern provinces in Vietnam along with more than 100 culinary booths which were nicely decorated to display local specialties. Ben Tre Tourism Information and Promotion Center cooperating with 2 enterprises in catering service business brought more than 40 local dishes made from coconut, the most popular specialty of Ben Tre Province. Local dishes, to name a few, were braised fish with coconut juice, rice in coconut, eels simmered with coconut juice in pumpkin, and so on. Those foods aimed to introduce tourists to traditional features of Ben Tre cuisine through ingredients, processing and preparation of each dish. 

 

Extra waxy pumpkin Southern Fruit Festival 2014

 

In addition to Ben Tre cuisine, the Southern Cuisine Festival also introduced marine cuisine with a wide variety of seafood, culinary styles of Highlands and Saigon cuisine (Saigon known as Ho Chi Minh City). More than 100 Southern delicious dishes were introduced and served to tourists as grilled rolls, pancake, duck porridge, snail grilled with pepper and many kinds of fresh fruits…

 

Strange fruits in Southern Fruit Festival 2014

 

The festival featured several attractive programs and activities such as performances of trimming, sculpting and arranging vegetables into creative artistic models. Participating in the festival, tourists had the chance to play Vietnamese folk games, cook food with the help of master chefs and even weave brocade. The cultural space of Highlands Gong and a program named “the Southern sky” with performances of Don Ca Tai Tu (a kind of Vietnamese traditional music) were held to help people to learn more about cultural values of the Central and the South of Vietnam.

 

Fresh pomelos in Southern Fruit Festival 2014

 

Especially, in this year festival, the Organizing Committee has donated 100 million VND for people and soldiers in Hoang Sa and Truong Sa Island who are guarding Vietnamese territory night and day, 30 million VND for the fund “For beloved Truong Sa – the national forefront” of Vietnamese Fatherland Front Committee of District 11 in Ho Chi Minh City, 20 million VND for the program “Hoang Sa – Truong Sa sentimental attachment” launched by Saigon Tourism Company. The amount of donation is deducted from the revenue of the festival. 

 

Local extra fruits in Southern Fruit Festival

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