Lots of kimchi being made.
The Gwangju Kimchi Culture Festival (광주김치문화축제) opened on Saturday and will run through November 1st. It's held in the area around the World Cup Stadium, and though I'm not exactly sure the time during which you can make kimchi---the English-language website makes no sense at all---browsing the program today seems to indicate it's available from 10:00 to 18:00. My fiance went on Saturday and had a nice time, ate some good food, won a prize, got the elusive "Good Restaurants in Gwangju" guidebook*, and had her picture taken with a giant cabbage, seen here in a performance to drive away swine flu:
Readers Nicole & Adam of With Eyes Wide Open had a good time on Saturday, and left a comment:
We went yesterday and it was fun. we walked around with our little tubs of homemade kimchi and all the old people kept pointing and saying...ahh kimchi good good....made us feel once again like rock stars in korea.
And for the benefit of people who might like to see themselves in the newspapers:
(1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
You can browse other news stories and pictures from the festival via a Naver news search. Just so you don't think I'm being unfair, I'll point out that most of the pictures from the festival aren't, in fact, of foreigners making kimchi. After years of these kinds of photo-ops, though, foreigners elbow-deep in kimchi aren't too 신기하다. I think the real challenge this season will be to find photographs of Korean men doing it.
* I was very envious of a Japanese friend last fall when she had a copy of a guidebook with loads of good restaurants in Gwangju. My fiance brought one home today, called 광주밋집 and it has scores of restaurants, with maps and descriptions in four languages. The English is helpful, but can be atrocious at times . . . just like most western food in Korea, actually. I see Outback has a Premium Flatter, also written as Premium Plater on the same page, and also offers Prime Beef of Rib. But, western food is often best avoided, so I think I'll just be looking at the pictures taken at Korean restaurants. A Naver search turns up this 광주맛집 website; not sure if it's affiliated with the book, but profiles lots of restaurants.