The Republic of Korea meets Vietnam in this annual festival of culture and cuisine.
If you can tell your tteok from your sukchae (and let's hope you can) the K-Food Fair is probably going to be right up your street. But even if you do end up with a plate of vegetables instead of a tasty rice cake, you'll still be in for a Korean cuisine experience. Tuck in.
Organised by the RoK Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) and the Korean Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corporation, the K-Food Fair is a celebration of Korean cuisine which aims to promote the development of Korean food in Vietnam. Korean pop culture has already made an impact in Vietnam with K-pop music and TV dramas being more popular in the country than the rest of Southeast Asia.
The event is split into two sections: B2B and B2C, the latter of which is open to the public as a Korean food experience for consumers. The business side of things (B2B) sees a trade fair for Korean agriproducts and consultations with buyers.
The B2C part of the festival usually takes place on the second two days, and sees guests attending classes to learn how to prepare and cook Korean dishes, as well as watching dance performances and listening to traditional music. There'll also be a food tasting event which will include the likes of mandu (dumplings) and gochujang (red pepper paste) among other things. If you'd rather get a full dish, vendors will be serving up a range of dishes from various kebabs to different kinds of noodles, so there'll be plenty of delicious options to take advantage of.
We can't promise you'll be an expert on Korean cuisine by the end of it, but we can promise a full stomach.
Stay in Ho Chi Minh City and be so close to the fair you can almost taste it.
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