Korea Has Its First Vegan Festival!
As reported in The Korea Herald, Korea had its first vegan festival at the Seoul Innovation Park in Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul, on Sunday May 22 from 11am to 6pm!
The festival aimed to promote a “global approach to veganism” and therefore offered many different types of plant-based foods, including soy cheeses and meats, falafel, hummus, burgers, fried chicken, gyro lamb, granola, cakes, ice cream, gluten-free pastries, and much more.
There was also organic vegetables, vegan fashion and lifestyle products, up-cycling items, and eco-friendly products available during the festival, and representatives from NGOs, animal shelters, environmental groups, and human rights organizations were also present with their own booths. The organizers stated that 10% of the booth profits would be donated to charity.
According to the article, the highlight in terms of food at the festival was from Kong’s Burger from Busan, where a consistent crowd could be found waiting around the booth to try the bean-based specialty burger that was described as:
“Toasted organic whole wheat buns sandwiched a juicy skillet-grilled bean steak, pineapple slice, fresh lettuce, onions, and pickles served with homemade soy mayo, ketchup, and mustard.”
According to the organizers, this will be the first of many vegan festivals in Korea, and the purpose of Vegan Fest Korea (VFK) is “to prepare the rich plentiful environment for the future generation”. To stay up to date with future events, you can visit their Facebook page!
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