Fellow chowhound, Hao, and I went down to the Vietnamese New Year Festival Sunday at down town San Jose.
We got there during the parade, around 11:45am. The lines for the food stalls weren't long due to the parade watching. There weren't many stalls, maybe 7-8 at the most. Mostly everyone was selling grilled meats- chicken, pork, shrimp balls, pork balls. Of course the ever so popular shrimp spring rolls were present as well as pho. I was hoping for more exotic, more Vietnamese dishes not ususally found in restaurants, but that wasn't the case. Still, the food was very yummy, and fairly cheap considering it's a fair, and ususally they gauge you at fairs. We bought a bowl of spicy beef noodle soup (not pho), a shrimp/pork ball skewer, chicken skewer, a spring roll, a two bottle waters. I don't know what these items are called, maybe Hao can post another detailed report. We spent $17 in all. We thought we would go back for second rounds of food, but by then the parade was over and massive crowd of people poured in. We couldn't get near the food, it was like being inside a crowded night club. We didn't stay long after.