Saigon weekend: dumpling festival, mooncake workshop and more


Are you ready for an exciting weekend in Saigon? From a dumpling festival to a mooncake workshop, there’s something for everyone. Join us as we explore the diverse events happening in the city this weekend.

Dumpling Festival: Savor the Flavors

On Saturday, dumpling enthusiasts are in for a treat at the Saigon Dumpling Festival. This one-day extravaganza, presented by FTWR and Saigon Outcast, promises a delightful culinary adventure.

A Dumpling Paradise

Picture this: vendors from across the city showcasing their signature dumplings and refreshing drinks. Whether you prefer classic pork dumplings, vegetarian delights, or daring fusion creations, you’ll find it all here.

The “Dopest Dumpling” Award

The highlight of the festival is undoubtedly the “DOPEST DUMPLING” award ceremony. This accolade celebrates the best dumpling in terms of taste, presentation, and creativity. Who will claim the title this year?

Event Details

  • Date: Saturday
  • Time: Noon to 10 p.m.
  • Location: Saigon Outcast, 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong Street, District 2

Autumn Market: Shop Local

Soma Saigon invites you to the SOMA AUTUMN MARKET, a two-day extravaganza celebrating local craftsmanship and creativity.

A Treasure Trove of Goodies

Explore a diverse range of products, from fashionable clothing to exquisite home decor and art pieces. Discover artisanal chocolates, wellness services, vintage items, storage solutions, and handmade candles. It’s a shopper’s paradise.

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Event Details

  • Dates: September 9 and 10
  • Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Location: Soma Saigon, 6 Le Van Mien Street, District 2

Dinner Event: Anan x Nusara

For food connoisseurs, Saigon’s Anan restaurant has a special treat this weekend. Chefs Ton and Peter will join forces to create a memorable 10-course menu that combines tradition and innovation.

Culinary Magic

Chef Ton, known for his acclaimed restaurants Le Du and Nusara, draws inspiration from his grandmother’s recipes. Chef Peter, the genius behind Michelin-starred Anan Saigon, brings the flavors of his mother’s noodle shop in Da Lat to the table.

Event Details

  • Dates: September 9 and 10
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Tickets: VND3.9 million ($162) per person (includes wine pairings by Daloc Wines)

Vegetarian Mooncakes Workshop: Craft with Love

As the Mid-Autumn Festival approaches, it’s time to learn the art of making vegetarian mooncakes. Join the workshop at Sivananda Yoga Center and create these delightful treats from scratch.

From Ingredients to Masterpiece

During the workshop, you’ll receive step-by-step guidance. Learn to select the finest ingredients, follow time-tested recipes, and craft, shape, and bake vegetarian mooncakes using natural ingredients.

Event Details

  • Date: September 10
  • Time: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Location: Sivananda Yoga Center, 25 Tran Quy Khoach Street, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1
  • Fees: VND360,000 ($15) per person for non-members, VND300,000 per person for members

Fundraising Lantern Workshops: Illuminate Lives

Vietnamese Language Studies (VLS) invites you to participate in lantern making workshops as part of the 2023 Mid-Autumn Festival program. These hands-on sessions offer cultural insights and support charitable initiatives.

Craft for a Cause

All proceeds from these workshops will support VLS’s fundraising efforts for the 2023 Mid-Autumn Charity Program. This includes initiatives like installing water filtration systems, setting up solar street lights, recycling projects, and providing gifts and school supplies to underprivileged children.

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Event Details

  • Locations: 45 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, District 1, or 82 Nam Phuoc Le Jardin, C Street, District 7
  • Available Dates: September 9, 10, 13, 14, 16, 17
  • Lantern Fee: VND110,000 ($4.50) per person


Saigon is buzzing with excitement this weekend, offering a variety of experiences for locals and visitors alike. Whether you’re a foodie, a shopper, a culinary enthusiast, or someone looking to give back to the community, there’s an event waiting for you. Don’t miss out on this chance to make the most of your weekend in Saigon.


  1. Can I buy tickets for the dumpling festival on the spot?
    • Yes, you can purchase tickets at the entrance of Saigon Outcast on the day of the festival.
  2. Is the vegetarian mooncakes workshop suitable for beginners?
    • Absolutely! The workshop is designed for all skill levels, so beginners are welcome.
  3. What time do the fundraising lantern workshops start?
    • The workshops generally start at 9 a.m. and run until 5 p.m.
  4. Can I register for the lantern workshops online?
    • Unfortunately, online registration is not available. You can register in person at the workshop locations.
  5. Are there any age restrictions for the lantern workshops?
    • These workshops are suitable for participants of all ages, so bring your family and friends along!