Some 100,000 people and tourists flock to bread festival in HCM City

Monday, 20/05/2024 17:15
About 100,000 local people, domestic and international tourists visited and experienced the three-day bread (banh mi) festival in Ho Chi Minh City, according to the organizers.
International visitors enjoy bread with milk. (Photo:

On the evening of May 19, the bread festival officially closed at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

The festival took place on the weekend, and numerous people flocked to the closing ceremony to shop and enjoy bread on the evening of the same day.

This year’s festival has 131 booths of famous brands, restaurants serving dishes with bread, bakeries, units providing seasoning ingredients, and bread making equipment.

The festival had a space to experience the process of making bread and enjoying it with the highlight being a giant bread display of 150 dishes.

A series of bread brands draw the interest of customers. (Photo: 

Ms. Nguyen Thi Khanh, Chairwoman of the HCM City Tourism Association, said that due to the appeal and popularity of banh mi in the hearts of people and international tourists, on March 24, 2011, this dish was introduced from Oxford dictionary with the word "bread" intact instead of translating it into English or any other language. The use of Vietnamese to identify this dish shows that bread is an inseparable part of Vietnamese culinary culture.

In parallel with festival activities, this year the organizers donated 25 startup bread carts to the Women’s Union of five provinces and cities (Tay Ninh, Vinh Long, Hau Giang, Long An, Ho Chi Minh City) to support women starting businesses and developing family economies.

Ms. Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa, Director of the HCM City Department of Tourism, said that bread has become a symbol associated with the generous and friendly southern city, and is one of the indispensable images when introducing the city and Vietnam./.