If you’re stumped but would like to learn more, this weekend’s Jeju Food Culture Festival in Jeju City has just what you’re looking for.
There are 24 different exhibition areas and smaller booths to explore. On offer are a wide range Jeju food culture topics and interesting things to do and see over the three day event, including displays of local dishes, techniques and ingredients.
Did you know? Jeju’s harsh maritime environment greatly influenced its food culture. Many ingredients that are taken for granted on the mainland, like rice, did not grow well here. Instead, hearty grains and vegetables like millet, barley and cabbage and winter radish were most commonly used. Fresh and salted dried fish, too, have been consumed at Jeju mealtimes for centuries, much in the same way as they are today.
And to get a better sense of Jeju food culture, try your hand making buckwheat pancakes (bingtteok) and millet cake (omegitteok), the Jeju tea ceremony, and check out the cuisine of multicultural families living on Jeju.
You can also learn more about Jeju women and their influence on local culture, such as the esteemed Joseon-era business woman Kim Man-deok, and the Jeju women divers, or haenyeo.
Date/Time: Oct. 21 to Oct. 23 (Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.) Opening ceremony is Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Jeju Citizen Welfare Town (제주시민복지타운 광장)
How to get there: The venue is located between Shin and Gu Jeju, in the vicinity of Jeju City Hall and Jeju Stadium. By bus, you can catch No. 20, 46, or 92.
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