The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi will host a festive open-air bazaar featuring more than a dozen stalls selling gourmet food and beverages, designer clothing, and luxury gifts, from 11am to 8pm from February 3 to 7.

“This year marks the tenth holding of the Metropole’s Tet bazaar and we’re expecting the turnout to be bigger and better than ever before,” said General Manager William J. Haandrikman. “We’re inviting everyone to come and celebrate with us and to stock up on gifts as well as traditional food items before the big day.”

The five-day Tet Ha thanh (Hanoian market in Vietnamese) aims to share the observance of the Vietnamese New Year with local people and visitors. For the first time, a Vietnamese house, designed by local artist Pham Ha Hai, will be set up on the hotel’s patio, where visitors can enjoy a range of Tet holiday food including pho, banh cuon, and bun cha.

Meanwhile, the hotel’s open-air courtyard will be transformed into a bustling Hanoian market. Some 15 new vendors will take part in this year’s bazaar, including Vietnamese fashion designers Hoa Nguyen and former Miss Vietnam 2010 Ngoc Han, together with Liti Florist, Orfarm, Fargreen, Hellomam, C-Brewmaster beer, Three Trees jewelry, and local fine tea producer Thuong Tra. A special Tet holiday hamper filled with delicious delicacies from L’Epicerie du Metropole is also on sale.

Contestants will compete to make the best banh chung (traditional rice cake) on the opening day of the bazaar and a spectacular dragon dance will bring good fortune to all in attendance. On Sunday February 4 will be a banh cuon-making (rice noodle roll) competition, on Monday February 5 a gio-making competition, and on Tuesday February 6 a fruit carving competition. On Wednesday February 7, the final day of the market, contestants will battle it out to see who can make the best spring roll. Winners will receive cake vouchers for the hotel’s L’Epicerie du Metropole delicatessen.

At the same time, boughs of pink peach blossoms, potted shrubs of kumquats laden with orange fruit, as well as bonsai trees will grace the lobby of the historic hotel.

On the first day of the Lunar New Year, guests can look forward to a special Tet menu, including traditional holiday delicacies such as banh chung and bun cha, at Hanoi’s premier Vietnamese fine dining restaurant, Spices Garden. The Tet gala dinner on February 15 costs VND1,950,000++ ($86) per person.