One of Korea’s major events, the Gwangju Kimchi Cultural Festival, just wrapped up last week. The fact that they have a 10-day festival devoted to the food will tell you- kimchi is a big deal, in case you hadn’t noticed. Here’s a bit about it from the Korean Tourism Organization:
Organized since 1994, the Gwangju Kimchi Festival is all about kimchi – Korea’s most representative food. There is a program to sample kimchi with foods that go well with it and a buffet serving kimchi and the local foods of Gwangju… Major events include cooking with kimchi, gayageum performance, kimchi making with international visitors, hanbok fashion show, kimchi concert, folk games, and kimchi printing.”
Question: What on earth is kimchi printing? Is it weird that we immediately pictured those street vendors who put your custom message on a grain of rice and place it in a vial for you to wear around your neck… you know, but with kimchi instead of a piece of rice.