Get out your cups of good cheer because Sool Christmas is right around the corner. The Jarasum Makgeolli Festival, easily the biggest, baddest makgeolli event in Korea, will once again take over the idyllic Gyeonggi-do venue for the first weekend in September.
Details in English are scant but I did learn a few things by plugging various articles through Google translate. This year’s festival will enlist the help of the Korean Food Truck Association in order to pair everyone’s favorite Korean drink with a host of regional delicacies. My recollection of last year was that the food options were bountiful, reasonably priced, and everything looked top notch. Music performances and other activities are also planned for the festival, including something that may or may not be called “I am sorry, thank you, I love you”. Oooh, a mystery!
Some more news about the festival has trickled in thanks to today’s Korea Times article written by Woo Ji-won:
The nation’s only festival introducing Korean traditional rice-fermented liquor will feature drinks from 150 breweries across the country offering up to 600 craft-brewed makgeolli varieties.
Local food specialties include galbi (Korean-style barbecue) in Idong, salted mackerel in Andong, jjageuri (boiled pork soup) in Cheongju, and nut-crusted chicken skewers in Gapyeong.
The festival features guitar performances by “oldies” in their 50s to 60s, a cooking contest for campers, a kettle-squashing competition, lessons on how to make bread out of makgeolli, and quizzes about the drinks.
Read the whole Korea Times article here.
Where: Gyeonggi-do, Gapyeong, Jarasum Island (경기도, 가평, 자라섬)
When: September 1-3
Hours: 11 am – 10 pm
Site: makfe.co.kr (Korean only)
Facebook: www.facebook.com/makfestival/ (Korean only)
Follow the link to read the review and see some pics of last year’s Jarasum Makgeolli Festival.