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2013 SOUTH KOREA 2013
Festivals, Shows, Exhibitions, Expos
(See also: 2012 - 2011)
January 5-27, 2013 Hwacheon Sancheoneo (Mount Trout) Ice Festival
Hwacheon, Gangwon, South Korea
This virtually untouched region is known as the first area in Korea that freezes over in winter, and the river is covered with a thick layer of ice. Visitors can try out ice fishing, and those who are feeling brave can try to catch mountain trout with their bare hands. As well as fun activities and performances, there is also an exhibition of ice sculptures that took 20 weeks to prepare. Visitors can sample raw and grilled mountain trout, both of which are delicious.
January 19-27, 2013 Inje Icefish Festival
Soyangho Lake, Inje, South Korea
At this spectacular winter festival visitors will be able to try out ice fishing and exciting games such as human bowling on ice, ice soccer, and even a tug-of-war on ice. For those icefish fanatics there will be an icefish eating competition, and visitors can sample the icefish, smelt, for free. (also: http://www.injefestival.co.kr/english/main.asp)
March ?-?, 2013 Uljin Snow Crab & Red Snow Crab Festival
Uljin-Gun Hupohang Port, South Korea
This festival celebrates Uljin's famous local specialty, snow crabs. Visitors can taste fresh seafood caught from Uljin's Hupo Port and even participate in a variety of crab-related events, including a snow crab eating competition or fishing for snow crabs. (click 'Attractions' tab, then 'Events')
March 28-April 1, 2013 Yeongdeok Snow Crab Festival
Yeongdeok-gun area (Samsa Marine Park), South Korea
This festival usually runs from February to March, the best season for Yeongdeok snow crabs. Long ago, these snow crabs were regarded as such delicacies that they would be specially presented to the king. King crabs in Yeongdeok are reared in the sand and therefore have a particularly clean and pure taste. (click 'Attractions' tab, then 'Events')
March 30-April 12, 2013 Seocheon Camellia Octopus Festival
Seocheon-gun, South Korea
Visitors can enjoy the sight of blooming camellia flower trees and fresh caught baby octopus from the West Sea. Various events will be held such as baby octopus fishing, a Seocheon retrospective photo exhibition, local agricultural product sales, music performances, and more.
April 3-7, 2013 Nonsan Strawberry Festival - Nonsan, South Korea
Nonsan’s strawberries are thought to be some of the most delicious in Korea, and at the Nonsan strawberry festival visitors can pick as many as their baskets, or stomachs, can hold. There are also plenty of original strawberry creations for visitors to sample, such as strawberry rice cakes and even strawberry hot sauce, as well as established treats like strawberry pancakes and strawberry jam. Other events include a strawberry exhibition and there are plenty of hands-on activities for visitors to try, such as baking a strawberry cake. (click 'Attractions' tab, then 'Events')
April 11-14, 2013 Coffee Expo Seoul - Seoul, South Korea
Hosted by the Korea Coffee Association. Exhibits of coffee & tea, raw materials and coffee related equipment. Concurrent events include World Super Barista Championship, Latte Art Competition, New Product Seminar and more.
April 18-20, 2013 Seoul Seafood Show - Seoul, South Korea
Organized by Korea Fishery Products Marketing & Processing Assoc. and Sponsored by Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries, Republic of Korea.
April 25-27, 2013 Seoul International Wines & Spirits Expo
Seoul, South Korea
The 11th exhibition of wines and spirits.
April 27-28, 2013 Homigot Octopus Festival
Homigot, South Korea
Visitors can enjoy freshly caught octopus from the East Sea. Various programs and events will be also be held including watching sunrise on a boat, catching live octopus, octopus auction, boiling octopus, cutting octopus contest, etc.
May 14-17, 2013 Seoul Food & Hotel 2013 - Seoul, South Korea
The International Exhibition for the Food, Beverage, Hotel, Restaurant, Foodservice, Bakery & Supermarket Industries. Seoul Food & Hotel is the unique and longest established entry point to South Korea's thriving food, drinks and hospitality market. Held in conjuction with Wine Korea, Meat Korea and Seoul FoodTech.
May 14-19, 2013 Boseong Green Tea Festival
Boseong, South Korea
Some of the most popular festival activities are hands-on experience programs such as picking tea leaves, making tea, and sampling green tea snacks. Boseong is considered the birthplace of the commercial tea industry and is the largest producer of tea in Korea.
June 5-8, 2013 Tea World Festival - Seoul, South Korea
Exhibition of teas, products made from tea, tea wares, packaging equipment, and tea room interiors.
June 13-16, 2013 DAFOOD 2013 - Daegu, South Korea
International Food Expo & Food Tour Expo
September 6-15, 2013 Geumsan Insam (Ginseng) Festival
Geumsan, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea
Geumsan County is the largest producer of ginseng in Korea and home to a ginseng and medicinal herb market. The festival, which has been running for 30 years, is held to promote the beneficial effects of Geumsan ginseng.
October ?-?, 2013 Busan Jagalchi Festival
Busan Jagalchi Market, South Korea
Jagalchi Market is the largest seafood market in Korea and one of Busan’s most well-known tourist attractions. The festival takes place every autumn and its slogan is “Oiso! Boiso! Saiso! (“Come! See! Buy!” in the Busan accent)”. The huge size and bustling, lively atmosphere makes a visit to Jagalchi Market a unique experience for many visitors. Small food stalls serve fresh inshore hagfish grilled on briquette fires along with other unusual sea creatures and sashimi-sliced fish at market prices.
October 12-15, 2013 International Food & Wine Festival
Daejeon, South Korea
this festival offers cultural events under the theme of the rendezvous of Asian and western cultures with wine. Main events include the World Wine Exhibition, Traditional Wine Exhibition and Sampling, wine and food pairings exhibition, and Wine Art Exhibition. Jazz performances and semi-classic performances are scheduled to be held as sideline events.
November 6-9, 2013 Food Week 2013
Seoul, South Korea
Korea's most holistic food industry trade show. With eight total shows in one--Premium Agrostock, Kitchen, Rice, International, Hotel & Restaurant Fairs; Makgeolri & Packaging Expos and Seoul Cooking Show. (also: www.foodweek.co.kr )
2012 SOUTH KOREA 2012
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April 21-May 13, 2012 Gochang Green Barley Field Festival
Jeollabuk-do, South Korea
This popular festival, held every April amongst the region's beautiful green barley fields, offers activities such as making flutes out of barley, live performances, country market, and exhibitions. Attendance: 550,000.
April 30-May 6, 2012 Mungyeong Traditional Tea Bowl Festival
Mungyeong, South Korea
For centuries, Korean pottery has been regarded as one of the best displays of artistic talent worldwide. Mungyeong town is a renowned pottery-producing center with over 900 years of history. This festival celebrates the traditional chatsabal (tea bowl), whose modest, simple, almost rough exterior creates its unique beauty.
May 2-6, 2012 Hadong Wild Tea Cultural Festival
Hadong, South Korea
Hadong is famous for being the first tea plantation site in Korea and continues to produce tea using time-honored traditional methods. The festival offers visitors a unique and entertaining combination of events and hands-on experiences. Tea Etiquette Ceremony at the first tea plantation site, seminar on tea and tea bowls, farming green tea, demonstration of making Dasi, making wild tea, making tea bowls, Cheonnyeoncha (a thousand year tea) Auction, tea etiquette competition for international tourists, temple stay, temple concert. (also: http://festival.hadong.go.kr)
June 14-17, 2012 BOFAS 2012 - Busan, South Korea
About 250 exhibitors from around the world will display more than 1,500 products at the 19th Busan food exhibition, the region's most established international event.
June 22-24, 2012 Gwangju Toechon Tomato Festival
Toechon, Gwangju, Gyeonggi, South Korea
The festival contributes to protecting producers and consumers through the direct trade of non-polluted farm products from the clean area of the Lake Paldang region, becoming a local specialty. There are a variety of events such as a wetland ecology management walk and a “love the environment” drawing and composition contest as well as diverse participation events.
July 28-Aug 5, 2012 Bonghwa Eun-uh Sweet Smelt Festival
Bonghwa, Gyeongsang, South Korea
The festival offers numerous participatory programs including sweet smelt fishing, educational and cultural programs, freshwater fish exhibition, underwater race and quiz show.
August 3-5, 2012 Organic & Natural--City Farm & Plant Factory Expo
Seoul, South Korea
Organized by the Korea Organic Farming Association.
October 3-7, 2012 Songyi Mushroom Festival
Yangyang, South Korea
The Songyi pine mushroom is so special that it is referred to as a golden mushroom or diamond in the woods. It is also particularly expensive, one kilogram of songi costs over 200,000 won ($170). Access to the natural environment to these luxury pine mushrooms is strictly restricted, therefore the Songi Festival is a great opportunity to discover the mushroom’s ecology and pick them in the mountains. Visitors can also sample various healthy organic dishes made from the mushrooms. Each year the festival attracts a growing number of visitors from across the nation. (also: http://eng.yangyang.go.kr )
October 18-22, 2012 Korea Food Festival
Jeollabuk-do Provence, South Korea
Korea Food Festival, organized by the national government to promote Hansik (Korean food) as part of the 2010-2012 Visit Korea Year campaign, is scheduled to be held in Jeollabuk-do Jeonju-si, known for its best-kept traditional culture and foods. During the festival period, multiple subsidiary festivals centered around the theme of ‘Korean traditional dining and food’ will take place simultaneously, offering a special experience of traditional dining, along with beautiful scenery and memorable cultural programs.
October 18-22, 2012 Jeonju International Fermented Food Expo
Jeonju City, South Korea
Fermented soy products, Various sorts of Kimchi, Liquors, Pickled fish, Foreign fermented food, Dairy products, Functional health food and Food processing equipment.
November 1-4, 2012 World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship
Seoul, South Korea
The Cafe and Bakery Fair event promotes innovative beverage recipes that showcase coffee, spirits and unique ingredients in a competition format. The drinks will be judged for taste, aroma, visual qualities and overall presentation.
November 1-4, 2012 Cafe & Bakery 2012 - Seoul, South Korea
Trade fair for coffee, tea, bakery, beverages, liquor, dessert, and related equipment.
November 2-4, 2012 Sunchang Fermented Soybean Festival
Red Pepper Paste Village, Sunchang, South Korea
Held every fall at Sunchang, a city of health and longevity. Sunchang hot pepper sauce, which used to be presented to the Royal Family during the Joseon Dynasty, is believed to have many health benefits. The venue of the festival is Hot Sauce Folk Village, a Mecca of Sunchang Hot Sauce. Celebrity performances, percussion performances, Madangnori, and making traditional hot sauce. Sunchang Specialty Exhibition (e.g. vegetables fermented in hot sauce, Bokbunja liquor), Children’s Painting Contest, and photo exhibitions. The festival’s crowning glory is the Sunchang traditional hot sauce competition, a must-see event.
November 8-11, 2012 Choenamdan Bangeo Festival
Jeju-do Island, South Korea
This popular festival is held every year in November at Moseulpo Port, the southernmost region of Jeju-do Island. It celebrates the ‘Bangeo Fish (yellowtail)’, which is largely caught in this area. The meat of ‘bangeo fish (yellowtail)’ is chewy and tender, and so it is very popular served raw. It is also used in a variety of other dishes. Visitors can enjoy fresh bangeo at the festival and then pack some up to take home.
November 9-11, 2012 Cheongsong Apple Festival
Cheongsong-gun, South Korea
The Cheongsong Apple Festival is a fall festival full of events and featuring a market stocked to the brim with quality apples at reasonable prices. Events include competitions, games, hands-on activities, plays, and more. Try your hand at one of the local contests (eating apples, splitting apples with your bare hands, apple juice guzzling) or take a more docile approach to the festivities by checking out the hands-on experience programs (apple picking, making apple soap and skincare products, etc.). There are also a variety of apple-themed games like apple-putting, the Apple World Cup, and apple darts.
November 10-12, 2012 BISFE - Busan International Seafood & Fisheries Expo
Busan, South Korea
To confirm the world competitiveness of seafood & fishery business of Busan.
November 16-18, 2012 Paju Jangdan Soybean Festival
Paju Province, South Korea
The theme of this festival is ‘soybeans’, a health food that has long been popular in Korea. In particular, the ‘Jangdan Soybeans’ produced in the Paju province have always been highly regarded for their taste and outstanding nutritional value and were even served to the king. Furthermore, in the early 20th Century, the 'Jangdan Soybeans’ were designated as the most superior soybeans in Korea and were distributed throughout the country.
November 22-25, 2012 Seoul Int'l Cafe Show - Seoul, South Korea
The 11th event will include Korea Barista Championship, Sweet Kitchen, seminars and more.
2011 SOUTH KOREA 2011
Festivals, Shows, Exhibitions, Expos
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April 16-21, 2011 Gyeongju Liquor & Rice Cake Festival
Gyeongju, South Korea
This Gyeongju festival features Korea’s traditional liquor and rice cakes. Visitors can sample and shop for a selection of mouth-watering delicacies not only from Gyeongju but also from a variety of other regions in Korea. (also: http://eguide.gj.go.kr/02_culture/drink.jsp)
October 13-16, 2011 10th Incheon Soraepogu Festival
Soraepogu, Incheon, South Korea
Sorae is a fishing port in Incheon that despite its proximity to the metropolitan area still has the atmosphere of an old fishing village. The Incheon Soraepogu Festival has become so popular that it is now a national event, which many tourists flock to. Fresh fish caught in Sorae and fishing tools are exhibited. The traditional market sells fresh seafood at affordable prices. A live concert is held in Jangdo Podaeji fort, which is open to the public during the festival. (also: www.soraefestival.net/en/ )
October 13-16, 2011 Busan Jagalchi Festival - Busan, South Korea
The Jagalchi Market is the largest seafood market in Korea, and is one of Busan’s most well-known tourist attractions. This festival takes place in the autumn every year. (also: www.ijagalchi.co.kr/ )
October 15-19, 2011 Gwangju Kimchi Culture Festival
Gwangiu, South Korea
The Festival celebrates what could be called Korea’s ‘National’ food, kimchi. There is a sampling corner, a buffet of kimchi and various complimentary dishes, and visitors can even learn how to make kimchi. This popular festival is a must for visitors who are interested in Korea’s traditional foods.
October 19-23, 2011 Ganggyeong Fermented Seafood Festival
Ganggyeong, South Korea
Ganggyeong is well known for its salted seafood market, which is the largest in Korea. This traditional market, which dates back 200 years, stocks both fresh seafood and salted seafood, which has been fermented at low temperatures. Today, the market accounts for half of the nation’s total sales of salted seafood. During the festival, visitors can buy salted seafood at discounted prices of up to 30-40% at the festival market.
November 3-6, 2011 13th Icheon Rice Cultural Festival
Incheon, South Korea
Icheon is famous for producing the best rice in Korea. In fact Icheon rice is so good that it used to be served to the king of Korea, and is still highly thought of today. The Festival celebrates its famous rice and also the local agricultural practices. Major events of the festival include a reenactment of the parade that transported rice to Hanseong (the old name for Seoul) for presentation to the king, and the huge rice cauldron that is capable of feeding thousands of people.