The event was organized by the UN Correspondents Association (UNCA) and the association of wives of Arab diplomats in the UN.

Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga (R), Head of Vietnam's Permanent Mission to the United Nations, visits the booth of Vietnam at the festival.
Products such as tea, coffee, candies and cookies were sold at USD 1 each. However, visitors did not pay in cash but in tokens sold by UNICEF at the entrance to the festival. All the proceeds will be used to support children in famine-ravaged Yemen.

UNCA President Sherwin Bryce-Pease said the festival was an occasion for countries to advertise their tea and coffee products, and for diplomatic workers to learn more about one another’s cultures.

An The Dung, Director of Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade’s trade promotion center in New York, said it was a good chance for the country to popularize its beverage products in the US.

About 158 million people drink tea in the US, but Vietnamese tea has only a 2-percent market share.

Source: VNA