Seattle Tết Festival 2005

One of the great thing about Seattle is its diverse ethnic community. One of the benefits of said community is that we here in the Emerald City get to celebrate the new year all over again.

At the Seattle Center this weekend is one such festival, the 2005 Tết Festival. The Vietnamese community is celebrating their New Year as well as Hương Sắc Mùa Xuân (the Spring Essence). The Typical “new year” celebration is not a celebration of the turning of the calendar (as we do here in the Western World), but a combination of a festival of the winter new moon in the Lunar Calendar as well as a festival marking the communion of man with nature.

According to the Tết in Seattle website, the 3 day celebration is a time when “one takes extra care not to show anger and not to be rude to people. The most nagging mother-in-law will make peace with her daughter-in-law; a quarreling couple will smile pleasantly at each other; (and) the new world should be the best of worlds.”

Now I’m all for peace and quiet…it certainly has its time and place. But for me, this festival is all about the food.

There are two cooking demos this year, but alas, I will only be able to make one of them.

  • Saturday, Feb. 5th, 2:30-3:30PM, our “Chefs” will feature the making of “Tôm Cari Nướng Vỉ Cuốn Sà-lách” – “Grilled Curry Shrimp in Lettuce Wrap” and “Chè Ba Màu” – “Tri-color Beans” dessert.
  • Sunday, Feb. 6th, 11:30AM-12:30PM, features “Bún Thịt Nướng – “Grilled Pork Noodle” and Chè Ba Màu – “Tri-color Beans” dessert.

So if your in Seattle this weekend, and looking for something to do, head down to the Seattle Center and check this out.


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