A couple of weeks ago in one of my previous blogs I mentioned that Korea plays host to many festivals, and most of them are free to attend! Well the past month has been no exception. My next few blogs will focus on some of the festivals I have attended, culminating with the International Fireworks Festival in Busan at the end of the month. This blog, however, will look at the Gimbap Festival in Daegu, which a few English teachers and I attended two weekends ago. It was quite the sight!
(The end of a very loooooong table.)
For those of you wondering what a Gimbap is (also sometimes called a Kimbap), imagine a sushi roll; sometimes filled with tuna, or BBQ chicken, or just vegetables. It has some egg in the middle also; it is then wrapped in rice and covered in GIM or seaweed. My favourite kind is Spicy Tuna Gimbap or “matchm Gimbap” (That’s how it sounds phonetically anyway.).
(It is very delicious and very cheap, usually costing less than $2 or €1.50.)
When we got to the festival, the smell of Gimbap in the air was very strong. We got there in time for the parade... Thats right, they had a parade before they tried to break the record for the longest Gimbap...They don't do half measures here in South Korea.
When we arrived, we were just in time for the parade - thats right, they had a Gimbap Parade.
The First layer is seaweed or Gim, it's really delicious. Sometimes I eat it on it's own. It's just like potato chips.
Then they add the second layer, which is rice (or Bap in Korean). After that, the filling is added, for this Gimbap, it was egg, raddish, tuna & leaf.
Once the fillings were added, the rolling process began, however, as this Gimbap was so long it took almost one hour to get from one end to the other rolling. Eventually the Gimpab was rolled & measured..... The result??? They did it! The world's longest Gimbap at: 1020M (or 1KM)
Do you love gimbap? Which one is your favourite? If you can, try to make it to this festivalnext year. It's a great time!
John May grew up in Dublin, Ireland where he is from & went to Trinity College – one of Irelands best known universities. He graduated from here in November 2012 with a B.A. (Mod) in Geography & Sociology. John has always had a passion for travelling and having been to most of Europe, he decided to explore Asia after Uni. He has always wanted to teach and thought what better way to travel than teaching English on the way. John is currently teaching English for CDI in Daegu, South Korea a position he found through Aclipse; John felt nervous before his departure, but now that he is in Korea he loves every minute of it. For more information follow his blog.