Ho Chi Minh City will host the Southern Land Cuisine Festival and the Southern Fruit Festival as part of its strategy to stimulate tourism demand in 2013, according to the municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The Southern Land Cuisine Festival will be held at Dam Sen Park from May 16-19 while the Southern Fruit Festival will take place from June 1-12 at the Suoi Tien tourist site.

Accordingly, some 80 booths from 15 provinces and cities will be installed in the Southern Land Cuisine Festival, which is expected to see cooking performances featuring the coastal central, Central Highlands and southern regions.

The Southern Fruit Festival will honour agricultural values of the southern region with a variety of quality fruits to serve both domestic demand and export.-VNA/VGP