Vietnamese beers present at Berlin beer festival for 18 years hinh anh 1Vietnamese beer have been present at the International Berlin Beer Festival for 18 years. (Photo: VNA)

Berlin (VNA) – Vietnamese beer and traditional dishes and products have been displayed at the 22nd International Berlin Beer Festival in the German capital on August 3 – 5.

It is the 18th year in a row Vietnam has set up a pavilion in the “longest beer garden in the world” recognised by the Guinness World Records.

The 2.2-km garden stretches along the Karl Marx Allee, the largest boulevard in Berlin, offering about 2,400 beers from 350 breweries from all over the globe.

This year, Vietnam brings to the festival two of the country’s popular brands, Saigon and Truc Bach, alongside the country’s culinary specialties and traditional products like “non la” (Vietnamese conical hat), handheld paper fans and products made from rattan and bamboo. Vietnamese dances and music are also introduced to locals, alongside a show of “ao dai” (Vietnamese traditional gown).

Addressing the event’s opening ceremony on August 3, Nguyen Xuan Hung, Director of Asia Sky Tours who runs the Vietnamese pavilion, said he is proud that Vietnam’s beer culture has been present for 18 years at the International Berlin Beer Festival.

It is not only a great opportunity to introduce Vietnam’s beer products but also its landscapes, culture and people to foreign visitors, he noted.

Eberhard Schollmeier, nicknamed King Gambrinus (the King of Beer), spoke highly of the enthusiasm and continuous presence of Vietnam in the festival. “Vietnam has taken part in the International Berlin Beer Festival for 18 consecutive years during 22 years we hosted the event. It is truly a festive day and Vietnamese have found here a corner of their homeland.”

The three-day festival is expected to welcome more than 1 million visitors. Like the world’s largest beer festival Oktoberfest annually held from late September to early October in Munich, Germany, the International Berlin Beer Festival is a big event in the European country to promote the beer industry.

Last year, Hanoi and Saigon beers were promoted at the event. –VNA