A traditional dance at the art performance (Source: VNA)​

Thua Thien-Hue (VNA) – Promoting traditional and royal Hue food was the focus of discussion at a workshop on May 3 in the central city of Hue as part of the 2016 Hue Festival.

Participants at the event included representatives from local authorities, relevant sectors, associations and businesses, as well as experts at home and from the Republic of Korea, the US and Germany.

They heard 30 reports on the renowned and rare Hue dishes, and included them in the list to be preserved and promoted.

The locality is now preparing relevant dossiers seeking UNESCO’s recognition of the traditional Hue cuisine as part of the world’s intangible cultural heritage.

Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Phan Tien Dung highlighted the diversified, yet unique Hue cuisine, saying that more than half of the total 3,000 Vietnamese dishes use Hue ’s recipes.

Food has become a key attraction in tourism, particularly for foreign visitors, Dung added.

Previously on May 2, at the Hue International Cuisine Festival 2016, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism presented awards to 19 Vietnamese and international teams for their outstanding dishes. The event drew over 100,000 visitors.

Also as part of the 2016 Hue Festival, an art performance was organised on May 2, featuring traditional Hue singing and royal dances.

Numerous other activities also took place along the programme, including a traditional long dress (Ao Dai) show, crafts and photo exhibitions.

As many as 710 flower lanterns were floated down the Huong (Perfume) River to pray for peace and happiness.-VNA