Gwangyang has cancelled its annual Barbecue Festival (광양전통숯불구이축제), known also as the Charcoal-broiled Meat Festival, amid concerns over swine flu. As a friend pointed out to me on Facebook, though, regarding some of the other smaller cancellations, perhaps it could be to simply cut losses for festivals that may not have been expected to be profitable. I can't imagine too many people from outside eastern Jeollanam-do make the trip, for example, and I doubt it gets more crowded or flu-infested than the local department store.
When I did my fall festival preview last year, which I skipped this time both because I was back home earlier this month and because there were festival cancellations coming every day, this one was always hardest to pin down in advance. Organizers seemed to take their time getting word out about the date, and even now the city website has information about the 2007 one. Nonetheless, there is some English information on that page. The local "English" Village also has some more information:
w : I'm hungry.
m : Me, too.
w : Do you like bulgogi?
m : Yes, I do.
w : Gwangyang Sut-bulbogi festival opens in Seocheon.
m : Sut-bulgogi?
w : Yeah, Sut-bulgogi. The main food is beef.
The beef is roasted on a charcoal fire.
It's very delicious and sweet.
m : And then, how much is it?
w : It is about 12,000won.
m : Are there any events there?
w : Yes, there are many events.
m : I see. Let's go there. Hurry up!
(m : man w : woman)
Gwangyang is known for its bulgogi and barbecued meat, and there are plenty of good restaurants there should you wish to visit. I've been to a few of the bigger ones near the girls' high school (광양여교), a short distance from Gwangyang Station and from the riverside park---that's the "Seocheon" mentioned in that dialogue---that usually serves as the festival site. Restaurant names, unfortunately, escape me, but if you're in the area I'm sure a co-teacher, taxi driver, or person at a tourism information booth can point you in the right direction.