Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Phan Van Mai has issued a decision to set up the Ho Chi Minh City Food and Beverage Association (FBA), which will coordinate the local gastronomy sector to promote the cuisine in the metropolis and throughout Vietnam to the world.
The association, under the management of the municipal Department of Tourism, has more than 10,000 members.
Nguyen Tan Viet, head of the mobilization board of the FBA, said the association includes culinary artisans, high-skilled chefs, individuals, traders, start-ups, enterprises, and organizations operating in the catering sector, hotels, coffee shops, and entertainment clubs in Ho Chi Minh City.
Through the FBA, members can connect with, cooperate with, and help each other to improve their competency and skills; promote the culinary art of Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam as a whole at food, culture, and tourism events; and foster trade with local and foreign partners.
They can also apply science and technology to the cuisine industry to create new products and services and nutritious and safe dishes, thus improving their competitiveness, commercial values, and brands.
Moreover, the association will help boost the strong and sustainable development of the local cuisine, making it a key economic sector.
According to the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism, the city is considered a culinary hub of the southeastern Vietnamese region.
Since the 18th century, the city has absorbed the culinary culture from many countries, such as China, India, France, the U.S., Japan, and Australia.
Ho Chi Minh City’s cuisine is not simply food, drinks, and how to make them. It is about the local people’s traditions and culture.
The hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City has attracted people nationwide, who have brought the culinary culture from their hometowns to the city.