Hanoi to host free food festival

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The Hanoi Tourist Corporation will host a free food festival at the West Lake theme park from December 30, 2011 to January 2, 2012, Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper reported.

Am thuc Ha Thanh Chao Xuan 2012 (Hanoi cuisine Spring Greetings 2012), aimed at promoting Hanoi's culinary culture and Vietnamese tradition, will feature various cuisines like vegetarian and ancient and modern Hanoi foods, folk games, handicrafts, and trade villages, according to the newspaper.

The Hanoi delicacies will include banh duc (plain rice flan), pho, bun rieu (vermicelli and sour crab soup), and banh tom Tay Ho (Crisp shrimp pastry from near West Lake).

The organizers said the festival was being planned for a second year in a row because of the success of the first one held last year. They hope to attract 15,000 people every day, Nguoi Lao Dong said.

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