Visitors at the festival (Source:

Hanoi, (VNA) – An international cuisine festival, the fifth of its kind, held by the Foreign Ministry’s Bureau of Diplomatic Corps Services in Hanoi on December 10 attracted thousands of visitors.

Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung, Ambassador Nguyen Nguyet Nga and many foreign ambassadors joined the crowd to enjoy unique dishes from various countries and different regions in Vietnam.

Opening the event, Ambassador Nguyen Nguyet Nga, who is spouse of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, said the festival wants to create a platform for exchange among foreign diplomats, visitors and Vietnamese, thus enhancing mutual understanding.

Among the 120 booths at the festival, 35 were run by foreign embassies in Vietnam. Besides food, handicrafts and local specialties were also available along with folk art performances, with proceedings going to charity.

The organising board of the event presented 200 million VND to the Binh Thuan kindergarten in the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai, which was damaged by recent flooding, and 10 gifts to orphans at the Vi ngay mai charity centre.-VNA