The event, the eighth of its kind, 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.
In addition, artists in traditional costumes of their countries performed songs and dances, especially folk dances, to popularize their unique cultures.
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.
Addressing the event, Ambassador Nga noted the festival offered the chance for foreign countries in Vietnam to introduce their cultures in order to promote friendship and mutual understanding among nations.
It is also a charity programmer in which visitors show their care and support for disadvantaged people living in especially difficult circumstances in Vietnam, she said.
So far such an annual festival has raised nearly VND3.1 billion to support women and children in need across Vietnam. Many people from Nha Trang, Hoa Binh, Ha Noi 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.
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