Annual food festival raised nearly 3.1 billion VND for the needy

So far previous editions of the annual International Food Festival has raised nearly 3.1 billion VND to support people with disabilities, orphans, poor women and those with extremely difficult situations across Vietnam.

The 2020 International Food Festival was held in Hanoi capital on December 6, introducing visitors to traditional dishes and popular cultures of foreign countries and Vietnam.

The 2020 International Food Festival, the eighth of its kind, was held in Hanoi on December 6, as one of cultural exchange, cuisine and fundraising activities hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Vietnam’s 2020 ASEAN Chairmanship Year.

This year’s event took place under the auspices of Ambassador Nguyen Nguyet Nga, the spouse of Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh.

The event was attended by President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations Nguyen Phuong Nga, Deputy Foreign Minister To Anh Dung, diplomats and their spouses, together with representatives of international organisations across the country.

The event featured 143 booths from Vietnam and many foreign embassies in the country. It showcased the most typical dishes, specialties, books, souvenirs, and fine-art articles of Vietnam and many other countries in the world.

On showcase at 143 pavilions were traditional dishes, local specialties, books, publications, souvenir and craft products of countries worldwide and Vietnamese regions.

In addition, artists in traditional costumes of their countries performed songs and dances, especially folk dances, to popularize their unique cultures.

Speaking at the festival, Nguyen Nguyet Nga, spouse of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, underlined that the event offered chances to promote culture and cuisine of countries as well as Vietnamese regions, and to support the disadvantaged via a fundraising activity.

Main sponsors of the food festival in the recent two years were honoured.

Nearly 3.1 billion VND (133,700 USD) was raised in previous editions of the event, which was distributed to people with disabilities, orphans, poor women and those with extremely difficult situations. Many people from Nha Trang, Hoa Binh, Hanoi and Ben Tre to Ho Chi Minh City have benefitted from the fund.

This year, all the proceeds will be allocated to people in central Vietnam which was devastated by recent severe flooding.

Pham Mai