Food festivals add fun to family month of May

Food festivals add fun to family month of May


May is a month loved by Koreans,… the weather
is nice and there are plenty of holidays to enjoy some time off. It’s also family month,… and food festivals
add extra spice to the fun. Our Oh Jung-hee went to check a couple of
them out… and filed this report. Those living in or visiting Seoul have a rare
chance this week to experience the rich culinary heritage of Sri Lanka. The Sri Lanka Food Festival kicked off last
Wednesday at the Millennium Seoul Hilton… to celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations
of Korea and Sri Lanka. From desserts full of coconut to curries made
from an amazing array of meat and spice,… the festival is offering the best of the island
nation’s signature dishes. “Celebrating 40 years diplomatic ties between
Korea and Sri Lanka… I take this opportunity to invite everybody
in Korea to taste Sri Lankan food because our food is very tasteful with so many spices
added on top with coconut milk taste.” Sri Lankan food is exquisite and, above all,
complex,… having developed over the course of centuries of interactions with neighboring
and far away nations. It incorporates flavors from the Portuguese,
the Dutch as well as Southeast Asian and Indian cuisines. But what shines the most are the country’s
representative ingredients — coconut and spice. “Always use coconut milk in Sri Lanka. Whichever curry you make, we use coconut milk. We make desserts also with coconut milk. 99 percent… use coconut milk.” Meanwhile, at Korea’s biggest theme park,
Everland in Yongin, Gyeonggi-do Province,… last week saw a celebration of this season’s
freshest ingredients — a garden food festival called “Spring on Spoon.” “Here at Everland’s Rose Garden,… visitors
can taste some of Korea’s most representative food and drink from different regions across
the nation. They’re selling 25 dishes from each of the
country’s eight provinces — from Gyeonggi-do to Jeju Island.” “Here in Korea, it’s become trendy to watch
cooking shows… and even broadcasts of people eating. Going along with that, we prepared Korean
dishes using in-season ingredients and we’ve also put our own twists on them. We hope a lot of people will stop by and have
a taste.” The food event coincides with Everland’s rape
blossom festival so that visitors can enjoy the warm late spring to the fullest. Visitors can choose to have a whole meal with
barbeques of different kinds and Korean-style pancakes… or just take a short break with
traditional and modern Korean desserts. “It’s great, just getting stuck into it now. We came here for the water fountain but it’s
closed. We were just walking by and we saw it,…
and we decided to have lunch here, and it looks quite nice.” May is Family Month in Korea, and the many
food festivals around the nation are great way to get a new cultural experience… while spending quality time with loved ones. Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News.

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