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3/6/2018 2:35:14 PM

Hoi An International Food Festival to showcase best of world's cuisine

(VNF) - Following the success of first two years’ events, the third International Food Festival will be held from March 14th-17th in the ancient city of Hoi An, Quang Nam province, with the participation of 12 famous chefs from around the world.

At the second Hoi An International Food Festival. (Credit: quangnamnews.vn)

The chefs are members of the World Association of Chefs' Societies (WACS) and come from numerous countries including Germany, Sweden, Russia, Portugal, Greece, the US, Malaysia, India and Vietnam.

They will cook many delicious dishes from the available local ingredients found in Hoi An and every night one of the chefs will introduce a typical dish at the ‘Big dish’ area.

Foreign music bands will provide a wide variety of street programmes and there will be a culinary carnival, which is expected to attract a large amount of visitors.

“For the third time, Hoi An will host the International Food Festival. This year we have invited chefs from over 17 countries which means visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy even more wonderful food from around the world as our chefs recreate some of their nations’ famous traditional dishes.

Most importantly these renowned chefs will be using locally sourced ingredients from Hoi An to make their wonderful creations. This really must be on your ‘to do’ list if you’re visiting Hoi An and have an interest in food, gastronomy and culture,” Keerthi Hapugasdeniya (nicknamed "Happy"), founder and CEO of the Hoi An Culinary Events.

Art and cultural performance at the festival opening. (Credit: quangnamnews.vn)

Hoi An city was recognised by the WACS as Vietnam's food capital in 2017. The annual event aims to promote the image of the culture and tourism of the ancient city, to both domestic and foreign visitors.

The festival will offer an opportunity for local chefs to gain experience form leading global culinary experts.

Hoi An was recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999 and since then has made its mark as the culinary destination of Vietnam.

The town is often cited in international readers polls, magazines, and travel pages as one of 10 best places to eat in the world. Hoi An’s traditional foods rank 6th on TripAdvisor and, according to Lonely Planet, Hoi An’s market is known as the “food capital of Vietnam” amongst both domestic and foreign tourists.

In 2016 and 2017, Hoi An was proud to host an International Food Festival. At the opening ceremony of HAIFF on 14th March 2017, Thomas Gugler, president of the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS), officially awarded a certificate of honour to recognize Hoi An as the Food Capital of Vietnam./.

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