Paris (VNA), Oct. 21 -- The art of Vietnamese cuisine has sprung a surprise on hundreds of French people and local press at an event which took place in Argeles-sur-Mer city on October 17-18.

The event was organised by the Foreign Ministry's Department of Cultural Affairs and UNESCO, with the support of the French city and the School of Tourism and Cooking of Bourquin in Pyrenees-Orientales.

Themed "Journey to Vietnamese World Heritage" , the event featured a wide range of activities, including Vietnamese gastronomy shows, a conference and exhibition on UNESCO-recognised heritage sites across the nation, an introduction to fruit and vegetable carving, the art of drinking tea, and exchanges between Vietnamese and French chefs.