World food fest returns to HCMC

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The international food festival is back this time with cuisines from more than 24 countries.

The fifth Tastes of the World Culinary Festival 2010 will be held December 26 to January 2 at September 23 Park in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

The ceremony will open with a parade starting 8:30 p.m.

Highlights of the event include 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 p.m. to 9 p.m. on December 31.

The festival also features traditional music performances and costume exhibits, including the ao dai, the Japanese kimono and Korean hanbok.

The event is expected to attract more than 500,000 visitors during eight days, 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 another way to promote tourism in the city. This year, Ho Chi Minh City saw a record three million international tourists.

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