First-ever baguette festival honours national delicacy

The first-ever Vietnamese “banh mi” (baguette) festival opened in Ho Chi Minh City on the night of March 30, bringing together 120 pavilions from domestic and foreign restaurants, hotels, bakeries, and businesses.

To run until April 2, the festival aims to recognise the value of bread in Vietnamese cuisine and honour the skill and creativity of bakers. It is expected to attract 50,000 visitors.

A ceremony to honour the best longstanding and famous bread brands in Vietnam and a workshop on the development of bread in the country will be organised within the framework of the festival. 

“Banh mi” was ranked as the seventh-best street food in the world by TasteAtlas, a website dedicated to discovering fresh ingredients, traditional dishes, and authentic restaurants around the world. It was also named among the 50 best street foods in Asia by CNN.

“Banh mi” is a popular Vietnamese sandwich that shares the same core ingredient - a baguette. 

The baguette was brought to Vietnam during the French colonial period, and nowadays is one of the few remaining legacies from the time. In the beginning, most “banh mi” sandwiches consisted of bread, meat, and seasoning, with no added vegetables./.