JEONJU, South Korea – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – A festival where participants can learn how to make kimchi is opened in Jeonju, the city of taste.
Jeonju City announced that the 2021 Jeonju Kimchi Culture Festival, an event hosted by the Jeonju Food Integrated Support Center, will be held online and across the city, including Jeonju Stadium, from November 2-30.
Held for the third time this year, the Jeonju Kimchi Culture Festival is held in different locations at different times given the COVID-19 situation. While last year’s festival only offered the Kimchi (Kimjang) making experience program as a Drive-Thru event, it is run as both a Drive-Thru and an event on place this year.
The festival offers 12 programs, including kimchi making, kimchi sharing, kimchi culture tour and other specialty programs.
The Kimjang Experience, the main program, takes place as a drive-through event on November 19 with 450 participants from the family unit. On the 20th and 21st, 150 families, in groups of 25 families per session, experiment with making Kimchi at the Jeonju stadium. In addition, the Kimjang experience for multicultural families and foreign students is offered at Jeonju Kimchi Cultural Center and at each university.
On the 19th and 20th, the Kimchi sharing event is organized. Jeonju organizations and groups donate Kimchi to the neglected class. The program also includes a “Sharing Kimchi with a Story” event where participants can send kimchi to people they wish to express their gratitude to or neighbors in need.
The two-day Kimchi Cultural Tour includes the “Kimjang Experience for Tourists” program, which helps tourists enjoy the kimchi-making experience alongside cultural tourism, as well as “Delicious Kimchi School” and a program to make 1 kg of special Kimchi through which participants can try to make a range of Kimchi using products from the local Jeonju farm.
A variety of other great programs are also available, including the Kimchi contest targeting 20 families, a grain threshing experiment and photo zones.
Cabbage used during the festival period is sourced from Jeonju farms and salted in HACCP certified facilities. When it comes to seasoning ingredients, such as red pepper and radish, only those that have passed the agricultural product safety test are used. After the festival, the rest of the cabbage and seasoning ingredients will be sold at the Kimchi Street Farmer’s Market, which will open November 25-27 in the Jeonju Food Store.
An official from the Jeonju Agricultural Technology Center said, “Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Kimchi’s excellence in human health has been verified across the world. As far as possible, we have prepared this festival to help attendees to experience and experience Korean traditional culture of kimchi making, which has been listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.