Spouses and other family members of the ambassadors (and other senior diplomats on behalf of the ambassadors) are invited to show off the culinary wonders of their countries at the World Cooking Festival at the Gwanghwamun Gate Plaza in Seoul in front of the Central Government Building on Tuesday May 30, 2017.
All proceeds from the sale of the food and beverage at the event belong to the representatives of the participating embassies. The Central Government Building is which Presidential Candidate Moon Jae-in has vowed to use after his election instead of Cheong Wa Dae.
A tent, table and chairs are provided free of charge to each participating embassy where the participating countries can display and sell their traditional food and beverage to the Korean and international guests visiting the Festival on that day.
At 2 p.m. the same day at the same venue there will be a cooking contest for all the participating countries where the winners will be presented with a citation each from offered by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Mayor of the Seoul Metropolitan City, the Minister of Women and Families, Director-General of the Office of the Agricultural and Rural Development and the Chairperson of the Event.
A total of 85 different countries are invited to participate, including America, Europe, Central Asia, Middle East, Asia and Africa. The Opening Ceremony of the Festival will be held at 10:30 a.m. that morning where the ambassadors and spouses are invited to attend. The opening ceremony will be followed by a cooking contest, sampling of demonstrated foods and beverage and presentation of citations to the winners for the outstanding culinary skills.
The Festival is aimed at promoting export of food materials, development of culinary recipes, expansion of the Korean food contents and co-development of food-related industries.
Korean ginseng will be widely introduced on this occasion as a health-promoting food material together with development new recipes for ginseng and image promotion of the health elixir.
It is also aimed at seeking culinary harmony between ginseng and the health-promoting food materials of the other countries of the world, which is expected to contribute to the promotion of export of Korean ginseng to the outside world.
The Festival is expected to promote the introduction of Hallyu (Korean Wave) and contribute to the promotion of communication between Korea and the different countries of the world through exchange of culinary culture and other aspects of cultural and social traditions.
The Festival is also aimed at expanding opportunities for training culinary human assets and as well as assessment and certification of the culinary skills of the participants.
The Festival is also expected to contribute to the promotion of international culinary tourism by virtue of exhibition of the wonderful variety of food and beverage of the different countries of the world—all in one place.
(For further details, call Chairperson Ryu Hyun-mi at 010-2278-7324.)