Photographs by Emma Way
Say annyeonghaseyo (ì•ˆë…•í•˜ì„¸ìš”) or hello to the fourth annual Korean Food Festival of Hockessin, Delaware this weekend on Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event has two great goals in mind: introducing Delaware to Korean culture and raising money for a variety of charities.
Delaware has a small population of Koreans and Korean-Americans, with just over 2,500 residents, but it’s steadily growing. Despite its small size, the Korean Food Festival has become very popular among locals. Last year the event served so many community members, they ran out of food—but don’t worry, this year they’re ready with even more of your Korean favorites.
Although food is at the heart of the event, the Korean Food Festival also boasts live music, martial arts demonstrations and dance performances to round out the day.
The Delaware Korean United Methodist Church organizes and hosts the event with the help of 200 church members and other neighbors. All proceeds from the festival will go towards the church’s mission.
With the release of the festival menu on Facebook, you may be wondering what exactly you’ll be eating. Here’s a quick guide to some of the most popular Korean dishes:
Kimchi – This go-to side dish is paired with most Korean meals and consists of fermented vegetables and spices. There are many different ways to make kimchi, but most contain cabbage and radish with a burst of spice.
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Kkakdugi – Kkakdugi is similar to kimchi in that it is fermented, but it’s difference lies in the type and preparation of the radish. It’s recognizable by its cube shape and addictive spicy, yet refreshing, taste.
Bulgogi – Meat lovers, prepare yourself for a new genre of barbecue. Bulgogi is marinated beef and can be served in tacos, with noodles or by itself. Don’t miss this favorite.
Bibimbap – A fun word to say, bibimbap translates to “mixed rice” in English so it is often a fun surprise as to what exactly is in the dish. We can make some guesses though—most contain a variety of vegetables, beef, an egg and loads of spices.
Japchae – If you’re looking for noodles, japchae is your best bet. Sweet potato noodles are hallmark in this Korean dish with sesame seeds and vegetables enhancing this crowd favorite.
Gimbap – Gimbap is the Korean sushi, rolled in seaweed filled with whatever your heart desires.
For more information on the Korean Food Festival this Saturday head to the Facebook event at www.facebook.com/Koreanfoodfestival/