An international food festival is returning to Ho Chi Minh City this time with more than 60 booths featuring cuisine from more than 24 countries.
The Tastes of the World Culinary Festival 2010 will be held December 26 to January 2 at September 23 Park in District 1, HCMC.
The opening ceremony will begin at 8:30 p.m. on the 26th with a parade through Pham Ngu Lao, Do Quang Dau and Le Lai streets.
Highlights of the event will include a bartender performance, a cooking contest where participants can cook with celebrities, and the creation of a giant banh xeo (Vietnamese rice pancake).
There will be special discounts on food during "Happy Hour," between 7 and 9 p.m. on December 31.
The festival also features traditional folk games, a circus, magic shows, traditional music performances and traditional clothing exhibitions, including the ao dai, the Japanese kimono and the Korean hanbok.
The event is expected to attract more than 500,000 visitors throughout the eight-day festival, compared to 100,000 last year.
According to La Quoc Khanh, vice director of the HCMC Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the festival is a good way to promote tourism in the city.
On December 21, HCMC welcomed its third millionth international tourist.