Food Festivals Of Korea
Food Festivals Of Korea
We Love Food.
So does Korea!
If like us, you too fancy an exciting culinary escape, then Korea may just be the place for you! Here are 8 unique food festivals that you must explore on your visit to this fascinating destination.
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#1 Taepyeong Salt Farm Flower & Salt Festival
Where: Taepyeong Salt Farm, Jeungdo-myeon, Sinan-gun, Jeollanam-do Province
The land for Taepyeong Salt Farm was reclaimed by draining the sea between Jeungdo and the neighbouring, Daechodo Island. It has been Korea’s largest single salt farm for more than half a century now, and the sea salt produced here is second to none. It lends the feel of an old fishing village, which attracts many tourists. The Cogon grass blossoms in the month of May, which is when the festival begins. Soon this land becomes a haven for photographers.
#2 Daegu Chicken & Beer Festival
Where: Duryu Park, Daegu Metropolitan City
A food festival that involves chicken as the highlight, sounds great. A food festival with only beer or also beer, sounds good enough. But a food festival with a focus on chicken as well as beer, and you have a winner! A variety of cooked chicken and beers from different parts of the world assemble at Duryu Park in the month of July every year. Live music adds to the zeal. In totality, this festival is a five-day long celebration of Chimaek, a new Korean word created using the first letters of chicken + maekju , which is Korean for beer.
#3 Chuncheon Makguksu & Dakgalbi Festival
Where: Chuncheon Station, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do Province
‘Makguksu’ (buckwheat noodles) and ‘Dakgalbi’ (spicy stir-fried/grilled chicken) are good by themselves, but together they are an explosion of flavours you won’t forget soon. Every August this festival attracts visitors who come here to enjoy a generous serving of this local delicacy, which is also easy on the pocket. What’s more, here you can participate in a variety of events, including the “100 servings of Dakgalbi and Makguksu”, traditional folk games and a lot more.
#4 Jeonju Bibimbap Festival
Where: Korea Traditional Culture Center and Jeonju Hanok Village, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do Province
This one is for all the beef lovers! Every October, Korea celebrates one of its most popular and internationally renowned Korean dishes – Bibimbap. A bite of this sumptuous meal that comprises of rice topped with vegetables and beef is nothing less than a party for your taste-buds. It originates from the city of Jeonju, which is popular among foodies for a variety of lip-smacking food.
PS: There’s not a chance you’ll get bored here because this festival conducts a mega bibimbap-making performance, along with exciting cooking sessions.
#5 Ganggyeong Fermented Seafood Festival
Where: Jeotgal Exhibition Hall, Jeotgal Market and Ganggyeong Port, Nonsan-si, Chungcheongnam-do Province
Brimming with flavorful dishes created from ancient recipes, this festival gives you access to Geumgang area’s famous jeotgal (salted/fermented seafood) market. The Yellow Sea serves as the source of fresh seafood, which is presented to visitors through a variety of jeotgal. While you’re here, don’t just stop at tasting and purchasing a dish that catches your fancy. Make sure to also participate in a host of other activities conducted at this fest, such as a kimchi making session using jeotgal, along with various art and crafts activities.
#6 Icheon Rice Cultural Festival
Where: Seolbong Park, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do Province
Rice that befits a King – that is what Icheon is famous for producing. Being the staple diet of Korea, rice is a widely celebrated crop. In the harvest season every year, Icheon Rice Cultural Festival puts up performances that depict events of the past, such as rice being offered to kings of the Joseon dynasty in Hanseong (the old name for Seoul). With its roots going deep, it is no surprise that this festival is a showcase of traditional agricultural practices, along with a big cauldron filled with arguably the finest rice in Korea.
While you’re here, do sample the variety of rice cakes available. You can also participate in a host of activities, which includes making a 600-meter-long rainbow coloured rice cake in a massive iron pot.
#7 Gwangju World Kimchi Festival
Where: Gwangju Kimchi Town, Gwangju Metropolitan City
Gwangju Kimchi Town is situated on a road named after a food, which is quite a validation. Kimchi (fermented side dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings) is a delicacy originating from the southern provinces. Interestingly, no one really knows how many different types of Kimchi are available in Korea. Farmers of the locality and event organisers collaborate to ensure that there is a steady flow of fresh vegetables and fruits available for visitors. The only act as good as tasting Kimchi is learning how to make it, which is what many enthusiasts try at this festival.
#8 Namdo Food Festival
Where: Damyang Juknokwon (Bamboo Garden), Damyang-gun, Jeollanam-do Province
Abundant flavours, inspiring ambiance and amazing cooking techniques, that pretty much sums up the Namdo Food Festival. It is held in the Damyang city with lush bamboo tree forests as a backdrop, teeming with history and culture. There is a lot to choose from, since food is brought together from various parts of the Jeolla-do region. Tasting food, sampling ingredients, cooking and competing in food – all this and more in one festival! There is very little of Namdo food that you won’t know after being a part of this.