Located on Vietnam’s central coast, Hoi An is known as its well-preserved ancient buildings and diversified cuisine.

As a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO in 1999, Hoi An Town has now become one of Vietnam’s Cooking Arts Capitals, honored by the World Association of Chefs Societies. And Hanoi, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) are also seen as Vietnam’s food Capitals.

On February 24, the government has announced this information at a news conference about the second Hoi An International Food Festival on its website. The festival will be held from March 22 to 26., chefs from the World Association of Chefs Societies will participate. At the beginning of the Festival, Thomas Andeas Gugler, the president of the World Association of Chefs Societies will award the certificate of honor to Hoi An as Vietnam’s Capital of Culinary Arts and Cuisine.

Last year, it became known as a “global food paradise” based on Lonely Planet’s commendation.

Food is an important part of Vietnamese culture. When you walk on Vietnamese street, you’ll find markets and food vendors everywhere. Known as a “food paradise”, the old town (Hoi An) is a culinary hot spot with many local specialties like “Banh mi Hoi An (Vietnamese baguette), “Mi Quang” (Quang-style noodles) and “Banh Dap” (smashed rice pancakes).

Last year, travel site Lonely Planet dubbed Hoi An a global food paradise while American travel website TripAdvisor chose the town as one of the top 10 Asian food destinations in 2011.

To welcome this title together with Hoi An, the Worldchefs invited renowned chefs to cook during the festival.

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