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2023 Kimjang Festival

Date: Saturday 21 October 2023, 11am - 3pm
St Georges Square | New Malden KT3 4HG | [Map]

Tickets: Free festival | £15 plus booking fee for classes | booking links below
12:15 - 13:00 Kimchi Making Class (in St Georges Square): buy tickets on EventBrite
14:00 - 14:45 Kimchi Tasting Class (in New Malden Methodist Church): buy tickets on EventBrite
Schedule may be subject to change without prior notice
Kimjang Festival poster

Celebrate tradition, flavour and community at the kimjang festival!

Embark on an unforgettable culinary journey as we honour the timeless tradition of kimjang!

The Kimjang Festival is a vibrant celebration of Kimchi making, a tradition that has united families and communities for generations.

This year, the festival gains even more profound meaning as we celebrate the momentous 10th anniversary of UNESCO’s recognition of Kimjang. To add to the excitement, we proudly announce the distinguished presence of Kimchi Master Lee, Ha Yeon, renowned for her expertise in Kimchi making.

Prepare to be enlightened as she shares her insights, tips and secrets to making the perfect Kimchi.

1. KIMCHI MAKING CLASS with Lee Ha Yeon: Immerse yourself as Master herself takes centre stage, guiding you through the intricate process of Kimchi making (£15 + booking fee).

2. KIMCHI EXHIBITION with Cho Eun Jung: Marvel at the creativity of Cho Eun Jung, a pioneer of Korean food styling, as she presents a stunning array of Kimchi, elegantly displayed in authentic Korean ceramics graciously sponsored by IJO, an iconic Korean ceramic company (free).

3. KIMCHI TASTING CLASS with Lee Ha Yeon: Embark on a flavourful journey, led by the Master and prepared by Chef Bea Yang Ja and Chef Jeong Suk Kyeong who will pair a Korean dishes with a variety of Kimchi (£15 + booking fee).

4. KIMCHI STUFFING CLASS: Embrace hands on participation as we invite everyone to engage in the delightful art of Kimchi stuffing (free).

Lee Ha-yeonLee Ha Yeon is a distinguished authority in the realm of Korean traditional food, particularly in the domain of Kimchi, a staple of Korean cuisine. In 2014, she was honoured with the title of ‘Korean Traditional Food Master No.58 in Kimchi’, a distinction that signifies her profound knowledge and skill in the art of making and preserving Kimchi. Since 2018, Master Lee has been serving as the President of the Korea Kimchi Association. Her influence extends beyond Korea and notably, she has been actively promoting Kimchi in various international events. This includes her participation in an official programme to celebrate the 60th diplomatic relationship between Korea and the EU in Belgium, the Milano Expo in Italy and cultural exchange programmes in countries such as Honduras, Japan, Thailand, the UK, the USA and Vietnam. Through her initiatives, she has successfully introduced the rich flavour of Kimchi to diverse cultures and palates, contributing to the global recognition and appreciation of this iconic Korean dish

3 thoughts on “2023 Kimjang Festival

    1. Dear Bill
      I see that you’re a loyal email subscriber to this site. Thanks very much for that.

      I’m guessing that your comment relates to the version of this event notice that arrived in your email inbox? Unfortunately the auto-emailing tool that comes with WordPress is not sophisticated enough to pick up and send to you all the additional data fields relating to the event time and location (that’s all the detailed text above the lead image in the above post): all it’s able to do is send you the wordy event blurb that comes after the lead image. My coding skills are not up to hacking the WordPress tool to make it do what I want it to, and I’ve yet to identify a user-friendly third party tool that does the job.

      The emails that arrive in your inbox are intended as a teaser to notify you of a new post: if you find the post potentially of interest, then click through to the website where you will find the post as it is intended to be read: with all its images and, in respect of event notices, all the additional data fields relating to date and location. I hope, in the example of this event, the when and the where is perfectly clear from the above post on the website.

      1. Dear Philip,

        Thank you very much for the response and clarification! Yes. I wrote on the basis of the email and have now ‘dug a little deeper’ and found the information. I’ve forwarded this to friends and family in London and recommended it as an enjoyable afternoon – kimchi in New Malden followed by a walk through Kingston and by the Thames. I dearly wish I could do the same myself but at present I’m in Hong Kong and enjoying things Korean in virtual reality.

        (I’m sure you know that there are now two new documentaries about kimchi on Netflix.) (I have happy memories too of a kimchi festival I went to in Gwangju.)

        Thanks again, not only for your response but also for all the other LKL posts.

        Best wishes,


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