The ninth European Food Festival took place in the National Library’s courtyard in Ha Noi on May 9, attracting around 1,500 visitors. Talented cooks from numerous five-star hotels in Ha Noi, including Sofitel, Metropole, Ha Noi Daewoo, Melia and Sheraton, as well as famous restaurants in the capital gathered and brought various traditional and modern dishes from both Europe and Viet Nam to the festival.
The annual event, which was organised by the European Chamber of Commerce in Viet Nam, was one of numerous activities to mark European Day (May 9) and the 25th anniversary of the European Union (EU)-Viet Nam co-operation.
European cuisine, or alternatively Western cuisine, is a generalised term collectively referring to the cuisines of Europe and otherWestern countries, including (depending on the definition) that of Russia, as well as non-indigenous cuisines of Australasia, Latin America, North America, and Oceania, which derive substantial influence from European settlers in those regions. The term is used byEast Asians to contrast with Asian styles of cooking. (This is analogous to Westerners' referring collectively to the cuisines of East Asian countries as Asian cuisine.) When used by Westerners, the term may sometimes refer more specifically to cuisine in Europe; in this context, a synonym is Continental cuisine, especially in British English. The EU and Viet Nam established diplomatic ties on November 28, 1990 and the union’s permanent mission was officially opened to Ha Noi in 1996. Bilateral ties have been strengthened, as the EU has become one of leading partners of the nation in numerous fields, especially in economics, trade and investment, contributing to socio-economic development and the international integration of Viet Nam.