Experiencing French food, goods in Vietnam

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The “Un Mois En France” (One Month in France) programme will take place in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City from November 1 to December 12.

French Ambassador to Vietnam Bertrand Lortholary revealed the schedule at a press conference on the event held in Hanoi on October 25.

The diplomat said France is an honourable guest at the Vietnam Foodexpo 2017, where French firms will showcase the country’s strong food sectors and discuss food safety with their Vietnamese peers from November 15-18.

He said food is a major export sector of France with average annual export revenue of over 9 billion EUR.

The “Un Mois En France” would contribute to trade between France and Vietnam as the Vietnam – EU free trade agreement is going to take effect.

Aside the expo, the programme also features a series of culinary events and trade promotions, with French products displayed at 39 supermarkets in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, including Big C, Auchan, Aeon, Metro, Annam Gourmet, Giant, Satra and Aeon Fivimart.

Booths will be set up at the supermarkets to introduce to customers products made from France as well as to demonstrate French cooking and food tastings.

“Balade en France”, the annual French food and wine festival, will be held from November 10-12 at Hotel Equatorial in HCM City’s District 5.

The eight edition of the event will feature traditional French dishes, desserts and wine as well as music shows by French singers, musicians and dancers.

Forty booths of 20 businesses will serve dishes and sell French products at the three-night event. The event will welcome 3,000 visitors.

Beaujolais Nouveau, one of France’s most favourable festivals, will be held at the French Consul General Residence on November 16 and the garden of French Embassy in Hanoi on November 18.

Eight French fine-dining restaurants will serve Beaujolais Nouveau red wine and French dishes.-VNA

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