Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Greater Boston Kimchi Festival

Sustainable, traditional, fermented!

Announcing the Greater Boston Kimchi Festival. 3PM-6PM, Sunday March 21, 2010.

There will be kimchi, a kimchi contest, and a whole lot of kimchi-related activities and entertainment.

The awards ceremony will take place at 5:30PM.

Contest And Attendance
If you would like to attend the Greater Boston Kimchi Festival, it is $5. No advance registration is required.

If you would like to enter your kimchi in the Greater Boston Kimchi Festival kimchi contest, please click here for the Entry Information and Guidelines, and click here for the official Entry Form. For every batch of kimchi you enter, the fee is $10 if you register in advance, or $15 at the door. (So please register in advance, and save yourself some money!) Contestants must arrive and submit their kimchi to the judges between 3:00PM and 3:30PM.

The kimchi contest judges will be restaurateur Phil Paik, proprietor of JP Seafood Cafe in Jamaica Plain, a rave-reviewed Korean restaurant; and Alex Lewin, food educator, health strategist, blogger, and fermentation advocate. They will judge the following categories:
  • Best In Show
  • Best Professional Kimchi
  • Best Traditional Cabbage Kimchi
  • Best Traditional Non-Cabbage Kimchi
  • Best Innovative Kimchi
Location And Transportation
The Kimchi Festival will take place in the Parish Hall of the Theodore Parker Unitarian Universalist Church, at the corner of Centre and Corey Streets in West Roxbury, Boston. Enter through the door marked 70 Corey St:

Driving directions are available here:

There is ample free parking in lots and on the streets near the church, including at the Bank of America parking lot across Corey St. and at the public lot on Corey across Centre St. The commuter rail does not run on Sundays. To get to the church by public transportation, you can take the Orange Line to Forest Hills and take the 37/38 or the 36 bus, both of which stop in front of the church. On Sunday, the following buses are available from Forest Hills: 37/38 (2:15pm, 3:15, 4:15) 36 (2:25pm, 3:05, 3:25, 4:05, 4:25, 5:05).

For More Information
Press: click here for the press release, or email
Press coverage to-date: click here to see what the press are saying


도깨비 said...

Thank you for hosting the Kimchi Festival. I got to know about it reading the local Korean newspaper. I watched my mom and grandmother making Kimchi when I was a child, and the whole process of digging the ground putting the barrels to keep Kimchi fresh throughout the winter, at times, watching snow fallen on top of the lids, which, I think, is a signiture of Korean scenary. I wish all the success for the festival.

Alex Lewin said...

Dear 도깨비, Thank you so much for sharing your memories! And thank you for your well-wishes also. I am very happy to have the opportunity to help bring the joys of kimchi to a wider audience in Boston.

Anonymous said...

I am so sad that I will be out of town for this!
I love kim chi!!!!
I am @The5050DietPlan and will follow you on twitter to get more info on the next one.
Hope the event goes great!

Alex Lewin said...

Adrienne, I'm glad you love kimchi (kim chi, kim chee, whatever), and I'm sad you can't come to the GBKF! Next time for sure. Let me know if you're doing any events.

Alex Lewin said...

PS Adrienne, you can fan Feed Me Like You Mean it on Facebook at

kimchikraut said...

You should get a medal from the Korean government or something!

Alex Lewin said...

We're talking to the Korean government.

SK said...

Wow this is pretty awesome! Didn't know there was such a big kimchi-loving community in Boston. Making kimchi has been a tradition in my family!