SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, October 26, 2020 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government will host the “2020 Seoul Food Culture Festival” online for six days from October 26 to 31 for as many citizens as possible to enjoy the event amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Together with the Seoul Food Committee, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will run 17 programs of 6 types under the theme of “Sustainable Food in the era of COVID-19 Pandemic” so that citizens interested in healthy food are allowed to engage in real-time online discussions.
Each of the programs is live-streamed on Youtube and real-time multi-access apps that allow anyone interested to participate online and view the program. However, a few programs, such as cooking classes and symposiums, require booking in advance. Those interested can apply on the websites which allow reservation by each program.
Along the festival, the “2020 Seoul Urban Food Policy Conference” will kick off from 1:30 p.m., October 26. During the conference, lectures and discussions to retain healthy and sustainable foods amid the new coronavirus age and to establish a collaborative network among local and overseas cities will be live-streamed on Seoul’s official YouTube both in Korean and English (with simultaneous translation service).
To share the sustainable food policies and expertise of different cities, speakers from six countries, including the United States, Australia, Japan, Italy, and Indonesia, will offer real-time presentations and discussions. Kil Choung Soon, Chief Commissioner of Seoul Food Committee, will give a lecture about “In the COVID-19 era, Dream of A Sustainable City By Transforming the Food System.”
Between October 26 to 28, food experts will host special lectures on food in modern and contemporary history in Seoul and engage in mutual communications with citizens on YouTube.
During the cooking class program that will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., October 28 to 30, citizens and foreign residents who participate online will have an opportunity to make the menus selected as the “Seoul Food.”
“Garak Market’s Korean Flavor Class” preparing a healthy meal of rice, Korean soup, kimchi, and seasonal Korean food using the ingredients of the season will take place between October 27 to 30. Small gifts will be given to those who send pictures of the food they will cook.
From October 26 to October 31, four online programs, including “Tasty Book-talk,” “Delicious Book and Cook,” “Savory Book Concert,” and “Exhibition on Food and Reading,” under the theme of “Reading Food in the Age of COVID-19” will meet the readers.
At 2 p.m., October 28, the “Seoul Food Culture Symposium” is scheduled with the aim of understanding the food culture which is transforming with the COVID-19 pandemic as well as to seek what dietary life is desirable in the future.
Park Yoo-mee, Director-General of Citizens’ Health Bureau at the Seoul Metropolitan Government, said, “In sync with the food paradigm which is shifting due to the prolonged COVID-19 situation and consequent increased non-face-to-face food consumption, the Seoul Food Culture Festival this year is also opted for a contactless format. Seoul hopes the festival will serve as an opportunity for the citizens to actively participate and take actions for sustainable food.”