International Kimchi Conference in Washington, DC 9/13/12 – Free Event

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    International Kimchi Conference: Learn more about Kimchi, pickles, and the science of fermenting food!

    When: 9/13/12 (10 AM – 5 PM)

    Where: Kellogg Hotel Conference Center, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC

    Cost: FREE with RSVP / advance registration

    -Kimchi from the East Meets Pickle from the West-

    World Institute of Kimchi (WiKim) and Gwangju World Culture Festival Committee are pleased and honored to Co-host the 4th International Kimchi Conference, which is one of the events of the 19th Gwangju World Kimchi Culture Festival in Washington, DC. This conference will provide a valuable opportunity to discuss and to share information about the manufacturing process, hygiene and microbial safety, as well as health benefits of Kimchi, and other fermented vegetable foods in the world.

    Kimchi is one of the traditional Korean foods which go through a fermentation process- a natural vegetable preservation method. Also Kimchi is well known as one of the five healthiest foods in the world.

    We hope this conference will promote globalization and commercialization of Kimchi so that people around the world can enjoy it.

    Wan-Soo Park, Director of World Institute of Kimchi

    Sung-Hoon Kim, Chair of Gwangju World Kimchi Culture Festival Committee

    For the list of speakers and schedule, see

    To register send an e-mail with your full name, organization name, and phone number to [email protected] [dot come]

    You are also invited to attend the 10th Annual KORUS Festival: Expressions of Culture! A Decade of Deliciousness, Dance, and Drama!

    The Korean American Association of Washington Metropolitan Area (KAAW) is proud to present the 10th annual KORUS Festival at Bull Run Park in Centreville, VA. The KORUS Festival is a three-day event with FREE admission celebrating the relationship between Korea and the United States. The Festival will run during the weekend of September 14-16, 2012.

    Daily hours are:

    Friday, September 14, 2012 4 pm – 10 pm

    Saturday, September 15, 2012 10 am – 10 pm

    Sunday, September 16, 2012 10 am – 10 pm

    “Last year we welcomed over 70,000 people, and this year we expect even more,” said Mike Kim, Chairman of KORUS Committee. “For our 10th annual celebration, we are pulling out all of the stops!”

    The KORUS Festival will feature special musical performances from Kollaboration DC ( alumni as well as a traditional Korean music performance and a taekwondo demonstration. Audiences will be entertained by a talent show, a singing contest, and a K-Pop cover contest presented by WKTV XM Korea Today ( Adults can sample a variety of delicious Asian cuisine while enjoying the performances and relax in the cool shade of the food tents. Families and children will be amazed by the Wildlife Exhibit presented by the National Park Service and children can enjoy other fun filled crafts and activities in the kid zone. The KORUS Festival is sure to delight and entertain audiences of all ages!

    The KORUS festival will also feature a Kimchi festival in partnership with the “Gwangju World Kimchi Culture Festival” ( Kimchi is one of the defining icons of Korean culture and a staple with every meal. Audiences can learn about the history, the different varieties of kimchi and even how to make your very own kimchi. The Kimchi festival will recognize special guests Marja Vongerichten, the host of the popular TV show “The Kimchi Chronicles” and Phillip Lee, owner of the “Kimchi Taco Food Truck” from NYC ( as Ambassadors of Kimchi.

    Those interested in volunteering, purchasing a booth or becoming a sponsor can find information at

    The Korean American Association of the Washington Metropolitan Area (KAAW) is the oldest umbrella association protecting the rights and representing the interests of 250,000 Korean-Americans in the Washington Metropolitan area. The KAAW advocates the rights of the Korean-Americans and promote the well-being and prosperity of the Korean-American community. We conduct activities to promote unity and fellowship, community participation, provide educational and social programs to the Korean-American community, and share our culture to play a part in the diverse community of our region.

    For media inquiries please contact:

    Elizabeth Cho

    [email protected] [dot com]

    Office: 703-354-3900

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