The 16th to 19th of October…
Save the date in your calendars and clear you schedule as we have some exciting news for you!
Anyone who has followed our antics for a while will know that the last Thursday of October is designated as ‘Makgeolli Day’ and around that time there are always a number of festivals dedicated to Makgeolli hosted around the country which offer entertaiment, free samples and opportunities to buy all kinds of great stuff from every corner of Korea. This year will see one of the biggest Makgeolli festivals yet, hosted by the Makgeolli Association on the beautiful Jarasum Island – which also hosts the Jarasum Jazz Festival!
Courtesy of Festival Guide Asia
Makgeolli Mamas & Papas will be working together with Makgeolli Makers and Susubori Academy to bring a variety of activities and stalls to the festival, allowing guests to taste, talk, make and learn about makgeolli. Some things to look forward to will be:
Expat Makgeolli Tasting Booth – Hosted by MMPK
- English speakers will be able to have unlimited tastings of a full range of makgeolli, with English guided assistance of MMPK staff. Visitors can not only taste, but also learn about each brew from experienced makgeolli staff.
Makgeolli Brewing Experience – Hosted by Susubori Academy & Makgeolli Makers
- Visitors who would like to learn the basics and fundamentals of brewing makgeolli will be able to take part in an ‘Intro to Brewing Makgeolli’ class, led by expat brewing instructors Makgeolli Makers & Susubori Academy. The class will be held several times over the weekend.
Annual Expat Makgeolli Brewing Contest – Tasting
- Each year, experienced members of the expat makgeolli brewing community compete in the Susubori Academy Expat Brewers Competition. Visitors at the festival will be able to have tastings of the contestants brews.
Participants of the 2014 competition.
Makgeolli Scavenger Hunt
- Visitors will be able to take part in an Expat Makgeolli Scavenger Hunt, completing a range of challenges for prizes. Details to be confirmed closer to the date.
As well as our little part of the festival guests can also expect to experience a wide range of makgeolli, traditional liquor and hearty food, from a variety of producers and breweries from all over Korea. Camping will also be available for guests, so you can make the most out of the weekend. If you have a passion for makgeolli, or are looking for a memorable way to spend a beautiful fall weekend in the countryside, then come along!
We will update here on our site and on our Facebook pages as more details become available closer to the date, and we really look forward to meeting you all out there in Jarasum!
Date: October 16th – 19th, 2015
Where: Jarasum Island Camping Ground
Cost: To be confirmed (Will be either free or under 5000won)
Have you visited Jarasum or been to any of the other Makgeolli Festivals in Korea? Why not share your experiences in the comments here, or on our Facebook Community!