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Two-day Balade en France lures 2,000 people

Nguyen Quy
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Two-day Balade en France lures 2,000 people

Nguyen Quy

Consul General of France in HCMC Vincent Floreani (2nd, L) and guests raise their glasses of champagne at the launching ceremony of Balade en France 2017 on November 10 - PHOTOS: HOANG PHONG

More than 2,000 guests, including those from the French community in HCMC, came to Balade en France, the biggest event of the year showcasing French music, culture, cuisine and wine in Vietnam, at the Hotel Equatorial in District 5, HCMC on Friday and Saturday.

As part of activities to celebrate the French Month in Vietnam, the eighth edition of the festival featured a unique French market where major suppliers of French wines and products in town were present. 
Wine enthusiasts could taste wines from the most renowned French wine regions, including Bordeaux, Rhone, South-west, Languedoc, Loire and Provence.

Meanwhile, around 35 booths of popular brands like Annam Gourmet, Annam Fine Food, Astair, New Viet Wines, Celliers d’Asie, Da Loc and The Warehouse gathered at the festival, allowing party-goers to savor French food and signature wines.

On the first night of the event, Vietnamese singer Quang Vinh who has devoted more than 30 years to singing French music, and French singer Beatrice di Carlo showed up at the event to entertain guests.

Inspired by the annual Fête de la musique street music festival, the fair also featured Good Morning Vietnam dance troupe and SineKwanon music band to stage fascinating performances during the event.

Speaking at the launching ceremony of the event on Friday night, Consul General of France in HCMC Vincent Floreani said the festival serves as a journey through the true taste of French cuisine and wine. This is also an effort of France to bring its culture and lifestyle closer to Vietnamese people and strengthen cultural exchange between the two nations, he added.

Vietnamese singer Quang Vinh performs on the first night of the festival

The French consul general told the Daily that France has been invited to be the honored guest at Vietnam Foodexpo 2017, which is slated from November 15 to 18 at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center in HCMC’s District 7.

On this occasion, French Minister of State for Foreign Trade Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne will visit Vietnam and join the forthcoming expo where France is expected to showcase the French-style art of living in harmonious combination of culture and cuisine at the nearly-400-square-meter display area.

This year’s festival was organized by Sopexa, the French agency for international marketing of food, wine and lifestyle, in conjunction with the Hotel Equatorial HCMC.

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