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Posted : 2013-07-01 16:40
Updated : 2013-07-01 16:40

First Asian slow food festival to be held in October

Visitors sample Korean foods in Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre, an international slow food festival held in Bra, Italy, in 2012. Namyangju City will host the first Asian slow food festival in October.
/ Courtesy of the Organizing Committee of Asio Gusto

By Park Jin-hai


The first slow food festival in the Asia and Oceania region will kick off in Namyangju, Gyeonggi Province, from Oct. 1 to 6 this year.

The organizing committee for the "2013 Asia Gusto" said Tuesday that this year's event will take place under the theme of "Slow food, change the world with taste."

"We will make the event a global festival, where visitors can sample various food varieties from grandma's foods to those of globaly renowned chefs," said an official of the organizing committee.

It estimates that some 300,000 people, including 15,000 foreigners from 40 Asian and Oceania countries, will attend the six-day festival, to be held at the Namyangju Sports and Culture Center, in Ipae-dong, and Organic Theme Park in Joan-myeon in Namyangju.

Slow foods, as opposed to fast foods, refer to healthy and tasty foods, prepared in an environmentally friendly manner, using produce that are consistent with the principles of fair trade.

International conferences, workshops, and exhibitions, under such topics as "Traditional rice varieties in Asia" and "Food and spirituality," and a variety of events will also take place during the festival.

The International Hall will exhibit a total of 1,000 foods, seeds, dishes or traditional cultivation tools on the brink of extinction, while the Korean Hall will showcase Korea's traditional and organic foods and foods that are inspired by the slow food movement.

Some six additional events will be held near the main venues, including Asia Slow Music Live Concert, Slow Book Café, and Slow Food Restaurants.

Starting from this year, the organizer plans to hold the event biennially and make locally disappearing foods included in the Ark of Taste list, an international catalogue of heritage foods in danger of extinction which is maintained by the global Slow Food movement.


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