Vietnam joins French gastronomy fair as honorary guest hinh anh 1A performance by artists of the Vietnam Cheo Theatre (Source: VNA)
Paris (VNA) – Vietnam joined the annual 87th Dijon International Gastronomy Fair as an honorary guest in the capital city of Cote-d’Or department, the eastern French region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté from November 1-12. 

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mayor of Dijon city Francois Rebsamen hailed Vietnam for its traditional culture, cuisines and spectacular landscapes recognised by the UNESCO as world heritages.

In his speech, Vietnamese Ambassador to France Nguyen Ngoc Son said Vietnam attracted 10 million foreign tourists last year, including 230,000 French visitors. However, he said the figure is small compared to nearly 40 million French tourists each year.

He expressed hope that Vietnam will welcome more French visitors after its presence in the event.

The Vietnamese stall offers “cheo” (traditional operetta) performances, brocade weaving and silk products, embroidery, wooden handicrafts, lacquer paintings, sculptured statues, pearl jewelries, among others. A Vietnamese restaurant also introduces specialties from different parts of Vietnam to visitors.

Visitors could learn about general information about Vietnam’s tourism, destinations and tourism projects in need of capital, or even book Vietnamese tours.

As one of the six major international fairs in France, the Dijon International Gastronomy Fair has been held annually since 1921 with nearly 200,000 guests and 600 exhibitors from 80 countries taking part. Each country is chosen as an honorary guest per year.-VNA