Gourmet event “Balade en France 2024” scheduled for April

Vietnam's grandest French gastronomy celebration, 'Balade en France', is set to captivate Hanoi from April 5-7. This specially curated edition promises an unforgettable experience for food enthusiasts and Francophiles alike.

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The fourth edition of the French culinary festival – Balade En France 2024 – will be held in Hanoi with some special highlights, as announced by the French Embassy in Vietnam.

 The poster of Balade En France 2014 in Hanoi

For the first time, the food festival will take place in the iconic Thong Nhat Park in the Hai Ba Trung district, covering an area of 12,000 square meters.

This event is considered the largest French cuisine festival in Vietnam and has been held in Hanoi for the past three years to promote French food and culture among the local population.

In its fourth year, the festival will feature nearly 60 stalls offering a variety of French products including cheese, wine, butter, bacon, crepes, chocolate, and more. Well-known French restaurants in Hanoi such as La Table Hanoia, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, Saint Honoré Bakery, and others will showcase their finest dishes at the festival.

To celebrate Paris hosting the Olympic Games this summer, “Balade en France 2024” will also include a “Sports Village” with a wide range of sports activities including basketball, golf, badminton, archery, and tennis.

 An artistic performance at the Balade En France 2023. Photo: French Embassy in Vietnam

As part of the festival, there will be a Break Dance & Hip Hop competition judged by renowned local and international judges. The festival will kick off with an opening ceremony on Friday, April 5th at 7 pm.

French cuisine and products are widely available in Hanoi and throughout Vietnam. The “Balade en France 2024” aims to promote French culture and cuisine while providing a French-style entertainment hub for Hanoi residents.

The festival is part of the celebration of the 51st anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and Vietnam and the 11th anniversary of the strategic partnership in 2024. The event is organized by the French Embassy in Vietnam, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food (France), and the municipal People’s Committee.

 Visitors to the festival can indulge in a variety of high-quality French products such as milk, chocolate, bread, cheese, cold cuts, fruit, and wine, and enjoy moments of pure pleasure.