'The glory of Vietnamese culinary culture' festival took place October 20-22 at the Independence Palace in Ho Chi Minh City. The three-day festival was co-organised by the Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Association, the Saigon Chef’s Guild, and the Vietnam Culinary Conservation, the Research and Development Centre.
Around 100 food pavilions presented typical dishes from different regions and localities across the country. Visitors enjoyed regional specialities and experienced many exciting activities such as cultural performances, cooking demonstrations, and activities with prizes.
At the festival, MAGGI was honoured to reveal updates to its culinary and cultural map of Vietnam, with 126 typical specialities from 63 provinces and cities. Attendees witnessed the departure ceremony of a model train that ran from north to south on a large diorama of Vietnam. The model train took visitors through landmark dishes all along the country, symbolizing the richness and diversity of a journey through Vietnamese cuisine.
Le Bui Thi Mai Uyen, head of the Food Division at Nestlé Vietnam, said, "MAGGI's aim is to preserve the diversity of local cuisine. We believe that cooking can make a positive difference, not only in the kitchen, but also in the community. Through this festival, we hope to bring rich culinary experiences and interesting regional culture to visitors."
An online version of the culinary map is also available, as part of a cooperative project between MAGGI and the Tourism Information Centre under the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT). After just one month since its launch, the map has recorded over 9,400 recipes contributed by local people and Vietnamese cuisine lovers from across the country. So far, the five provinces and cities that have recorded the most dishes are Bac Giang with 371 dishes, Ho Chi Minh City with 280, and Hanoi with 193 dishes, followed by An Giang and Ba Ria-Vung Tau with 161 and 151 dishes respectively.
Nguyen Trung Khanh, director of the VNAT said, "Our tourism development strategy has identified culinary culture as one of the most important aspects of Vietnam's tourism brand. Through this partnership with MAGGI, we can support localities, businesses, and chefs nationwide as they help build the value of Vietnamese cuisine as a brand and promote it at home and abroad."
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