Buckwheat flower festival to open in Ha Giang
(National Times)- The second buckwheat flower festival, which will feature art performances and a display of buckwheat flower products, will celebrate the blossoming of the iconic flowers in Dong Van District in Ha Giang Province from October 14 to 16, 2016.
The festival will be held in the districts of Dong Van, Quan Ba, Yen Minh and Meo Vac. The annual festival will include various activities like camping, folk singing, games and farming on buckwheat fields.
Besides getting the opportunity to take photos on the buckwheat fields, tourists can taste wine and cakes made from the wheat.
A street festival will also be organised in the area with traditional music and performances featuring actors in local ethnic costumes.
The festival was held for the first time in 2015 to honor the unique cultural values of Dong Van Karst Plateau, contribute to attracting visitors and developing the buckwheat flower into tourism brand of the karst plateau and also Ha Giang Province.
According to the legend, in the past, the people in the Northern mountainous region lived mainly on rice and corn. One year, they were out of rice and corn, but harvest season did not still came. They went everywhere but didn’t find anything to eat. One day, suddenly, they smelt a strange fragrance in the wind, they followed the ravine then saw a forest of tiny flowers. They brought its grain to eat instead of rice, corn. That flower is buckwheat flower.
The buckwheat flower grows in clusters and usually blooms for about 1 month (late October, early November). When newly blooming, the flower is tiny white, after pinkish and finally dark red. Local people often take flour of the buckwheat fruit to make cake or mix its grain with corn to brew wine. The buckwheat leaf is used as green vegetable and trunk for cattle feed.