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HCM City plans culinary walk through France

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Balade en France, the largest French food-related event in Viet Nam, will take place in HCM City on October 21-22.

Balade en France is a culinary and gustatory walk through seven French regions: Brittany, Alsace, Loire, Rhone, Provence, Languedoc and Bordeaux.

French Consul-General in HCM City Fabrice Mauries said at a press conference on Thursday that all of the food items would be brought together in one place to offer visitors the chance to taste, learn, enjoy and discover.

Fabrice said the fair would expose French food and beverage products to the Vietnamese people.

After last year, success with more than 1,600 visitors, Balade en France returns with bigger and more exciting festival evenings at Equatorial Hotel, with food, wine, games, dance, lucky draw, animations and fun, according to Michael Gapin, the hotel's food and beverage manager.

Visitors will have a chance to dance to the rhythm of the Bigot Swing, a French band coming for the occasion, platy petanque, and try their luck at lucky draws. Animations for the children will be part of the excitement.

Tickets are pre-purchase until October 18 at VND490,000 (VND540,000 the day of the event) at partner shops: Equatorial Hotel, The Warehouse, Daloc, Le Tonneau, Bacchus Cornner, Red Apron, Les Trois Gourmands, la Taverne, Le Caprice, La Reunion des Marmites, Nippon Gold Pig JSC, Fanny, Annam Gourmet, Classic Fine Foods and Fanny.

A ticket allows seven glasses of wine and dishes from the seven regional booths, with an additional ice cream serving and coffee.

All the funds will be donated to the non-profit organisation Poussieres de Vie (Dust of Life), whose aim is to help street children in the city.


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