Happy Lunar New Year! Yesterday, we attended the 2017 Year of the Rooster Tet Festival at the Orange County Fairgrounds, hosted by the Union of Vietnamese Student Associations. This is a 3-day event from Friday – Sunday and thousands of people attend.
My favorite part of the event was the Cultural Village where they had displays set up to reflect the Vietnamese culture and people could interact with many of it. It was very crowded! If you are the claustrophobic type, don’t go. The food booths were packed and lines were long and slow. There are music performances on a couple of stages, the Miss Vietnam of Southern California pageant, and numerous contests being held.
We attended on Saturday so we could see someone we know win the pho eating contest. And he did win! The rules are that you get one bowl and have to eat it as quickly as possible and if you splatter or drop any soup or noodles on the table, you lose seconds from your time. Once you are done, you put the bowl on your head. There were two rounds of contestants and the winning times were around three minutes and 20 seconds for one eaten bowl.