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Hue hosting vegetarian food festival

Released at: 08:26, 19/05/2019

Hue hosting vegetarian food festival

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Festival introduces visitors to the finest vegetarian dishes Hue has to offer.

by Le Diem

The Hue Vegetarian Cuisine Festival 2019 is taking place at Hai Ba Trung Park in the central city from May 17 to 19, organized by the Thua Thien Hue Tourism Association and the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in the province.

It aims to honor the unique features of Hue’s vegetarian dishes and the values of artisans, chefs, and people who are devoted to the sustainable development of the city’s cuisine culture, especially vegetarian cuisine. It is also part of the “Hue - The Capital of Gastronomy” project to 2025 and vision to 2030 of Thua Thien Hue province and will also contribute to advertising Hue as a tourism destination.

Held on the occasion of Vesak 2019, the festival coincides with the 14th and 15th day of lunar April, when most Hue residents eat vegetarian meals to celebrate the birth of Buddha.

The festival features 40 food stalls and booths from branded hotels, member pagodas of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha of Thua Thien Hue, and pagodas and enterprises from Hanoi, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, Quang Nam province, Laos, Thailand, and Taiwan (China) displaying and cooking vegetarian dishes.

Visitors can vote for their top 10 favorite dishes.

There is also a flower garland and colored lantern festival and a seminar on the preservation and promotion of local vegetarian dishes.

As the former capital of Vietnam in the 19th and early 20th centuries, Hue was also a kingdom of cuisine, with many dishes prepared specifically for the royal family. Researchers have found the city had nearly 1,700 different offerings.

It is also home to nearly 300 Buddhist pagodas. Local people normally eat vegetarian food four days a month, on the first, last, 14th and 15th days of the lunar month. Large meals for death anniversaries and funerals tend to be vegetarian as well. There are hundreds of vegetarian dishes in Hue, all of which boast sophisticated preparation and cooking.

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