Many activities at the food culture festival in Ho Chi Minh City

HO CHI MINH CITY – Festival introduces tourists to three regions’ cuisine, special art performances, promotions… from August 25-28.

Festival “Culinary Culture, Delicacies Saigontourist Group 2022” will open at 5:30pm on August 25 and open to the public from 4pm to 10pm every day, at Van Thanh Tourist Area, Ho Chi Minh City. Here are the activities at the festival.

Guests attend the Saigontourist Group 2020 Food and Culture Festival at .Photo: Saigontourist Group
Guests attend a culinary event organized by Saigontourist Group in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Saigontourist Group

Honoring the cuisine of the three regions

About 30 member units representing 4-5 star hotels, resorts and restaurants belonging to Saigontourist Group in Ho Chi Minh City and many localities will bring to the festival about 300 typical regional dishes and drinks. All delicacies are expressed through the skill of experienced chefs and the quintessence of traditional craftsmanship associated with the cuisine.

The main idea will be vividly explained through the re-enactment of the culinary space, with booths designed into three clusters North – Central – South. The stalls introduce and sell specialties and delicacies according to each region, display typical ingredients, traditional craft villages… The event also promotes the introduction of new dishes and drinks to meet the needs of green, clean, healthy today.

Coming to the cluster of food stalls in the North, diners will have the opportunity to enjoy a collection of typical delicacies such as vermicelli, vermicelli with shrimp paste, fried rice in Hanoi, spring rolls with crab, chicken noodle soup, and grilled fish vermicelli. Nest, sour meat Thanh Son (Phu Tho), squid and white sticky rice with Ha Long squid, vermicelli vermicelli in Ha Long (Quang Ninh)… Equally attractive are the Northwest highland specialties such as grilled chicken. Mac Khen, grilled meat with mac honey leaves, grilled meat with bamboo tubes, buffalo meat in the kitchen, bamboo rice with bamboo tubes.

Cluster of food stalls in the Central region will invite diners with many delicious dishes, bold Central flavor, from Nghe An such as Thanh Chuong stir-fried shrimp, eel soup, eel sausage, and deep-fried cool fish. Including delicious dishes from Quang Binh such as porridge soup, sowing science to Lao sticky rice, braised chicken thrown, “king” oysters with egg bath, and Con Co oysters of Quang Binh. Hue cuisine will be represented by folk cakes, vermicelli and Vi Da mussel rice…

Goi cuon - one of the delicious dishes loved by many diners - will be available at the Southern food stall.  Photo: Saigontourist Group
Goi cuon – one of the favorite dishes of many diners – will be available at the Southern food stall. Photo: Saigontourist Group

Delicious dishes of Quang cannot be missed Hoi An Cao Lau, Quang noodles, Nam O herring salad, pork vermicelli noodles, spring rolls, fried mussels with sesame rice paper, pork with two heads of skin. Phu Yen will conquer diners with specialties made from tuna, such as: tuna eyes, tuna shakes, grilled tuna with salt and pepper, tuna cooked with basil leaves, sour bamboo shoots. Binh Thuan delicacies include fish vermicelli, fried squid egg rolls, herring spring rolls, squid teeth with rice paper, duck meat pancakes. Central Highlands cuisine brings a great breath with charcoal grilled chicken dishes, grilled ethnic pigs on skewers, sunny beef – salted weaver ants.

Going to the South, the cuisine of the sunny and warm land will attract diners with rustic dishes with the taste of the Mekong Delta such as fried shrimp and seaweed salad – rice cake, crispy perch salad – cake Shrimp puff, avocado salad, vermicelli, fried snail with coconut, grilled snail with pepper. Southern cuisine is also attractive by countless snacks such as Bac Lieu silkworm cake, Can Tho pandan leaf cake, Ben Tre worm cake, Banh Xeo, and Banh Khot. The fresh seafood dishes from Con Dao, Phu Quoc will stimulate the taste of diners. Saigon street food also brings its own mark, with spring rolls, beef pia, quail fried in butter, bread crumbs, chicken wings stuffed with chestnuts, sticky rice…

In addition, the festival also arranges fishing village seafood market and tea – sticky rice stalls. The fishing village’s food court will “sizz” with the sound of seafood grills, steamed dishes, and fried dishes. The tea – sticky rice stall is full of attractive snacks such as Ba ba tea, purple potato tea, corn tea, taro tea, common tea, water drifting tea, young apple tea, five-color sticky rice, pandan sticky rice with lotus seeds and seeds. eh, lazy…

In particular, on this occasion, at some booths, visitors will have the opportunity to admire and enjoy a collection of moon cakes from famous brands of Saigontourist Group such as: Mooncakes at Dong Khanh Hotel, Rex Hotel Saigon, Majestic Hotel Saigon, Continental Hotel Saigon, Hotel Saigon – Morin (Hue)…

Many unique folklore activities

The festival will be filled with a festive atmosphere imbued with the folklore of the three regions, with the re-enactment of three clusters of craft village spaces – country markets, folk games and performances of traditional art forms.

Right at the welcome gate area, visitors will admire the fan dance, Khmer pentatonic music, and the paranung musical instrument of the Cham people. The parade program that takes place every day during the 4 days of the festival will be bustling with folk tunes of Quan Ho, Hue Ho, Southern Don Ca Tai Tu, five-tone music, the sound of paranung drums or fan dances, performances of folk songs and dances. folktales of the art of singing boi.

Besides enjoying food, visitors have the opportunity to enjoy many special folklore performances at the festival.  Photo: Saigontourist Group
Besides enjoying food, visitors have the opportunity to enjoy many special folklore performances at the festival. Photo: Saigontourist Group

If the Northern region invites you with Quan ho folk songs, the Central region with Hue ho, Bai Choi, the Southern region is inspired by many neo-classical songs, or attracts with the unique Khmer monkey dance. .

The craft village area is a demonstration space for winemaking, sedge mat weaving, brocade, pottery, tofu, soy milk, cakes, vermicelli… carrying, needing to tear, baskets, mats, the village’s top water stall, bustling by the sound of street vendors. The folk games area recalls childhood memories with blindfolded pig beating, crab shaking, bingo, chess, dog chess, fish fighting, coconut leaf tie, ball drop, ball toss, darts, etc. throw bottle necklaces, throw coins… In addition, this area also has performance games such as cooking contest, walking on stilts, jumping rope.

At this year’s festival, famous chefs and culinary experts will interact with the audience; Evaluate and comment on dishes, organize cocktail nights, pool parties, demonstrate and teach pho cocktail making, introduce molecular cuisine in Vietnamese dishes. In addition, the event also has many interesting activities such as mooncake making tutorial, bartending, showmanship, DJ, Acoustic, family and children exchanges and interactive games with attractive gifts for Participants.

Promotions, promotions and stimulus programs

At some booths, the hotel units, resorts, restaurants … will introduce forms of promotion, stimulate product demand, services with many incentives for bedrooms, parties, conferences, etc. wedding…

Participating in the event, customers buy entrance tickets with vouchers attached to use the service, with a package price of 200,000 VND per adult including coupons of 10,000 and 20,000 VND. Children under 1.4 m tall accompanied by an adult will be free of charge. In particular, Saigontourist Group has a preferential policy of 10% discount on ticket prices for customers who buy tickets before 5pm on August 23.

Units in Ho Chi Minh City attended and accompanied the event, including many hotels, including Rex Saigon, Majestic Saigon, Grand Saigon, Continental Saigon, Kim Do, De Nhat, Dong Khanh, Oscar Saigon. , Thien Hong. In addition, there are many tourist areas accompanying the event such as Binh Quoi 1, Binh Quoi 2, Tan Cang, Van Thanh, Can Gio; Saigon restaurant train, Dam Sen cultural park, Saigontourist Hotel and Tourism Intermediate School…

Some member units of Saigontourist Group from participating provinces and cities include: resort Saigon – Phu Quoc, Saigon – Con Dao, Saigon – Mui Ne, Saigon – Ba Be; and hotels such as Saigon – Vinh Long, Saigon – Phu Yen, Saigon – Morin Hue, Saigontourane, Saigon – Ban Me, Saigon – Kim Lien, Saigon – Quang Binh, Saigon – Dong Ha, Saigon Saigon – Ha Long, Saigon – Phu Tho…

According to Mr. Pham Huy Binh, Chairman of the Member Council of Saigontourist Group, the event aims to introduce and promote culinary culture, traditional craft villages, and various types of Vietnamese folklore and culture. These activities contribute to creating a space for locals and international tourists to have the opportunity to both enjoy Vietnamese cuisine and experience Vietnamese culture, and on the occasion of the 47th founding anniversary (August 1, 1975) – August 1, 2022).

“Through the festival, we hope to contribute to stimulating consumer demand, restoring tourism in Ho Chi Minh City and the whole country under new normal conditions, especially cuisine, one of the strengths of Saigontourist Group.” Mr. Binh shared.

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