The Festival is organized for charitable cause with the aim to enhance and strengthen people-to-people contacts and also for the promotion of cultural relations between participating Asian countries and Ukraine. Through this event, it is hoped that Ukrainians would be interested to experience and better understand the uniqueness and diversity of Asian food, culture, and arts.
Addressing the ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to Ukraine and Moldova Nguyen Minh Tri emphasized that the festival helps to reinforce friendship and solidarity among ASEAN countries in general and between ASEAN and Ukraine in particular in the lead-up to the establishment of ASEAN Community in 2015.
The Vietnamese stall at the festival is decorated with images of traditional culture. Vietnamese traditional dishes such as nem (spring roll), bánh cuốn (steamed rice rolls) and súp nấm gà (chicken mushroom soup) are also displayed.
Visitors also enjoyed an Ao Dai (Vietnamese traditional long dress) fashion show performed by Ukraine’s students who are studying Vietnamese, a conical hat dance of Vietnamese students and a singing performance of Vietnamese expatriates in Odessa.
In 2015, the Vietnamese Embassy in Ukraine will be responsible for ASEAN activities in Ukraine, including the Asian Food and Culture Festival.