Thousands of visitors, including many foreigners, gathered at a famous beach in Hoi An City, located in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Nam, for a food and music festival on Saturday.

The 2020 An Bang Beach Food & Music Festival was organized at the namesake beach in Cam An Ward, Hoi An City by the Quang Nam Chef Association, in coordination with 21 local restaurants.

The number of participants was three times higher than expected, according to organizers.

Visitors participate in the 2020 An Bang Beach Food & Music Festival at the namesake beach in Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, July 18, 2020. Photo: B.D. / Tuoi Tre

Visitors participate in the 2020 An Bang Beach Food & Music Festival at the namesake beach in Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, July 18, 2020. Photo: B.D. / Tuoi Tre

“We expected only 1,000 visitors, but the real number was around 2,500-3,000. This showed that the festival was a big success,” said Le Ngoc Thuan, owner of Shore Club An Bang Restaurant and a member of the organizing board.

Many of the participants were foreigners living in Hoi An and the central city of Da Nang.

At the event, visitors had a chance to taste delicious foods cooked by 21 leading chefs and enjoy live music while having a relaxing time on the beach.

Visitors have a chat while enjoy their food at the 2020 An Bang Beach Food & Music Festival in Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, July 18, 2020. Photo: B.D. / Tuoi Tre

Visitors have a chat while enjoying food at the 2020 An Bang Beach Food & Music Festival in Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, July 18, 2020. Photo: B.D. / Tuoi Tre

The festival helped attract a large number of visitors to An Bang Beach and Hoi An City in general, especially after the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic.

The first edition of the An Bang Beach Food & Music Festival was held in 2019.

It will continue to be organized annually in the future as part of many events aimed at boosting local tourism.

A woman receives food cooked by a chef at the 2020 An Bang Beach Food & Music Festival in Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, July 18, 2020. Photo: B.D. / Tuoi Tre

A woman receives food cooked by a chef at the 2020 An Bang Beach Food & Music Festival in Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, July 18, 2020. Photo: B.D. / Tuoi Tre

Visitors buy tickets to exchange for various dishes at the 2020 An Bang Beach Food & Music Festival in Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, July 18, 2020. Photo: B.D. / Tuoi Tre

Visitors buy tickets to exchange for various dishes at the 2020 An Bang Beach Food & Music Festival in Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, July 18, 2020. Photo: B.D. / Tuoi Tre

Visitors enjoy their food and music on the beach at the 2020 An Bang Beach Food & Music Festival in Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, July 18, 2020. Photo: B.D. / Tuoi Tre

Visitors enjoy food and music on the beach at the 2020 An Bang Beach Food & Music Festival in Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, July 18, 2020. Photo: B.D. / Tuoi Tre

A band perform at the 2020 An Bang Beach Food & Music Festival in Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, July 18, 2020. Photo: B.D. / Tuoi Tre

A band perform at the 2020 An Bang Beach Food & Music Festival in Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, July 18, 2020. Photo: B.D. / Tuoi Tre

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