The Department of Foreign Affairs brought a feast of delish Filipino delicacies and dishes to Vietnam through a food festival aptly titled as “Linamnam: Flavors of the Philippines”. The gastronomic festival was held in Tay Ho District, Hanoi, Vietnam at the Oven d’Or Restaurant of the Sheraton Hanoi Hotel.
The delish food festival is part of the agricultural roadshow project headlined by the Department of Agriculture. The project aims to promote Filipino cuisine to local residents by giving them a taste of Filipino dishes, which were cooked using Philippine-grown agricultural products and ingredients, both mainstream and artisanal alike.
For the opening of the food festival on October 12, Noel Servigon, Ambassador of the Philippines to Vietnam, hosted a lavish dinner for the Vietnamese Ambassador to the Philippines, and other officials and members of the Vietnamese government.
Chef Arnold Bernardo undertook the supervision of the preparation and presentation of the dishes included as part of the food festival.
Chef Bernardo is an executive chef most notably known for bagging the distinction of Ultimate Chef Warrior in a 2010 reality television cooking competition in the Philippines.
Servigon, in his keynote speech, emphasized the importance of bolstering bilateral relations between Vietnam and the Philippines, and the promotion of Filipino culture in Vietnam through food. He also addressed the delegates from the media to help put a spotlight on Filipino cuisine in order to draw local Vietnamese audiences.
Chef Bernardo prepared a five-course meal for lunch as a treat to the members of the local press, while Philippine Special Agriculture Representative Ms. Ana GM Abejuela provided a short briefing about each dish that was served.
There was also a short question and answer portion where the members of the local press inquired about the Filipino dishes to Chef Bernardo.
The food festival in Vietnam will be until October 16, 2016.
Vietnam is only one of the ASEAN countries included as a stopping point to the project.