What better food to eat in this chilly weather than the hot and fiery Kimchi? Winter is fast approaching and we need to heat our bodies up! Why not get the full experience of a wide array of different kimchi before the year is over? And if you are crazy about good food & discovering other cultures, the Kimchi Festival in South Korea is perfect for you!
Similar to the how the Hanbok is being re- popularised by the Korean government, the Kimchi Festival was introduced in order to keep the old tradition of mass preparing the food for the winter alive. Kimchi is not just the national dish of Korea, but it is integral to Korean culture. But it’s not just in Korea where you can find it, as it is now available all over the world!
The Seoul Kimchi festival is relatively new as it first began in 2014. This year the festival runs from 6-8 November at Seoul Plaza, Taepyeong- ro and Gwanghwamun Square where over 6,000 people join in with the festivities. Our favourite part about the festival in the capital is the race where 2,000 citizens compete against each other to deliver a massive 10 tons of cabbage to the end of the 200m track. But it’s not only the capital that hosts a Kimchi festival – the metropolitan city of Gwangju 광주 has one as well! The Gwangju World Kimchi Festival is four days long and takes place from
18-22 November at its very own Kimchi Town. Here you can find everything to do with kimchi that you could possibly want, such as a kimchi market and cultural entertainment. Excitingly, there is also a ‘Kimchi Master Competition’ where competitors can win the Kimchi Presidential Prize!
If you pay a visit to South Korea this November, make sure to stop by one of the Kimchi Festivals. From classes on how to make different types of kimchi to art shows based around this nation’s speciality, you’re spoilt for choice on things to do. We’re sure you’ll have a great time!
Did you know: Koreans have been eating kimchi since around 1254!
Did you know: At the Seoul Kimchi Festival, approximately 50 tonnes of kimchi will be donated to around 25,000 underprivileged people.