SEOUL – Around 5,000 volunteers turned up for the first day of Seoul’s Kimchi Festival on Friday to make the traditional Korean side dish for the city’s underprivileged.
Kimchi is made of fermented vegetables such as cabbage and radish and is known to have antioxidant, antiaging, anticancer and priobiotic health benefits.
The first Seoul Kimchi Festival was held in 2014 to “revive the Korean sharing spirit embodied in kimjang” (kimchi-making), according to the festival’s website.
Now in its fifth year, and held in front of City Hall under the slogan “Happy Sharing, Kimjang Day,” the festival also includes the food made by masters, a kimchi museum, classes for foreigners and families, a cooking show by celebrity chef Yu Heon-su, and a cooking contest as well as a market, playground and musical festivities.
The event runs until Nov. 4.