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Melbourne Korea Festival 2015

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Enjoy the food, beauty and arts of this unique culture
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Korea Festival at Federation Square Facebook

People flock to Melbourne's multicultural festivals. They come for the great food, free entertainment as well as for cultural enlightenment. It is amazing what you can learn about different cultures by attending these events.

The Korean Festival is being held in Federation Square on May 23rd 2015. This fabulous cultural event is organised by the Consulate-General of the Republic of Korea in Melbourne and the Korean Community in Victoria.

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Let's start with the food, because as always food is a bridge to another culture.

One of the keys to Korean food is fermentation ("sakhinda") making it one of the healthiest foods in the world. Fermentation breaks food down into more digestible components

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The best known fermented Korean food is kimchi. There are hundred of different types but probably the best known is the spicy fermented cabbage.

It is like sauerkraut with a kick as the oriental cabbage is prepared with spices, red peppers, salt and garlic.

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Many also include salted shrimp or anchovies that has been aged in a jangdokdae (large clay jar). Like a fine wine, the process of aging gives kimchi its deep taste.

Other typical Korean fermented include ganjang (soybean sauce), gochujang (red pepper paste) and doenjang (soybean paste)

Korea Festival at Federation Square Facebook
Korea Festival at Federation Square Facebook

These sauces are added to many Korean dishes which you will be able to try on the day.

There will also be a hanbok fashion parade. Hanbok is the traditional outfit of the Korean people and these days is usually only worn for special days (such as this festival) or to funerals and religious services. It is considered so special that children wear hanbok on their first birthday and adults wear it for their wedding ceremony and on their 60th birthday.


There will be a host of musical events from traditional music to current pop.

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K-pop stars are renowned for their good looks, amazing dance routines and catchy tunes.

There will also be Taekwondo and Hapkido (Korean martial arts) demonstrations, and many more exciting attractions.

You are sure to get a kick out of this great festival.
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Why? To explore a wonderful culture
When: May 23rd, 12-9pm
Where: Federation Square
Cost: FREE
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