The fifth European Food Festival will be held in Hanoi on May 22 on the garden grounds of the National Library of Vietnam.

Speaking at a press conference on May 14 in Hanoi , Preben Hjortlund, deputy chairman of EuroCham, said Eurocham began the festival in 2005 to promote cooperation between the European and Vietnamese communities.

According to organisers, this will be EuroCham's prime social event this year, combining a unique culinary experience while celebrating the worldwide cultural event Europe Days.

This year's food festival will offer authentic European food and beverages, activities for children and live entertainment from en-vogue bands to the best dance troupes in town.

Food specialties include paella, beef Zurichoise with spatzle, the Metropole's Chef clay pot, Italian lasagna, spaghetti Bolognese and assorted baguettes and pizzas.

The event will feature a broad variety of European beverages, including one of the most famous German beers, Bitburger.

Chefs from the Metropole, Sofitel Plaza Hanoi, Melia, Sunway Hanoi, Mercure and Panee Vino will also attend the festival.

A kids' corner will be set up for children with games and entertainment activities, including a giant jumping castle, house of balls, face painting and more.

Tickets are available at the EuroCham Hanoi office, Pane e Vino restaurant or at the gate on the day. Ticket price is 200,000 VND (10.5 USD) per person, including six coupons for food, beer and drinks of all kinds. Entrance is free for children under 10./.