The 2008 Seoul Food Festival runs from August 22nd to August 31st. Events will occur in different locations. Here’s what the press release tells us:

The food festivities will be centered on Cheonggye Plaza, starting on the 23rd and running for the entirety of the festival. Come on opening weekend for opportunities to sample traditional Korean fare, and signature dishes from around the world. The weekend will also feature eating and cooking competitions and provide a great set of opportunities to get out and try some new foods.

On the 23rd and 24th come to Gyeonghui Palace (located between Seodaemun and Gwanghwamun stations) between 13:00 and 21:00 for the Royal Food Exhibition. Come and sample dishes from the tables of Korean kings and queens throughout history. You will also have an opportunity to learn about the inner workings of court kitchens.

If you prefer to learn while you eat, come on down to the Seoul Museum of History on either weekend to enjoy the displays whilst sampling different Korean cakes and teas. On Saturday the 23rd, you can watch a traditional Korean tea ceremony and learn how Korea’s notables took their tea in this elaborate traditional rite.

If this is all too stuffy, why not come and see how the other half lived? After all, not just Korean royalty enjoyed a rich culinary heritage. The Namsan Folk village will be holding tastings of traditional peasant fare. Come and try out dishes from Korea’s four major holidays in this fun and centrally located folk village. This tasting sample will be held on both of the event’s weekends.

The final weekend of the food festival moves to the top of Namsan where popular Korean dishes like galbi and bibimbab can be enjoyed alongside traditional alcohol tasting and the stunning views of the city that only Namsan can offer. Hike or take a bus to the top on the 30th and the 31st.

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