Highlights from the Korean Festival yesterday - Sorry, not too many pics as I was busy running the delivery carts and then making sure everything went right with the sound guys and the singers for the featured concert. But I made sure to make at least a few rounds around the place to check things out.View of the early food crowd. See the umbrellas? Yeah, weather was not too great for the 2nd year in a row, with off and on drizzle all day.This year we put in a Dining Village where people could sit at tables and relax and enjoy their food. Glad to see one of my suggestions from last year being implemented!And it was usually full!Kids dressed in hanbok. Ho da cute!Miss Korea contestants
Then I took a walk around in the Products Tent.Korean knicknacksYummy snacks!All of our T-shirts for sale sold out before 1PM, except for 1. Take a look at the pic and take a guess which one! LOLKids doing calligraphy
Then I took a walk down to the Cultural Tent, which to be honest, I've never really explored before.Some kind of stuff on the ground. Farmer stuff?HanbokWedding hanbokBaby hanbokKorean masks...Hallyu stuff...Ancient armor...Xtreme Fun Rides. Looked fun!Description of the "kimchee burrito". Wanted to try one but didn't have time. And what the hell? KHON's coverage of the festival started with a description of the kimchee hotdog and they don't even show a pic of it? Yeah...it's still confirmed. KHON sucks.
The concert featuring Lee Ki Chan and Wax started at around 6:45pm. And I thought the reaction to the concert was great. The crowd was really into it!The crowd during the concert. Sure, they look nice and sedated now. You shoulda seen them about 30 minutes later!
Lee Ki Chan performed first, then he did a duet with Wax, and then she did her 5 song set. Then as a surprise which even I wasn't aware of, they did a duet of Wax's hit song "Opba" together! Cool! I would like to say that they were amazing, but truth be told, I spent most of the concert either downstairs in the dressing room or backstage trying to assist in prepping the police escort for their departure. And I sure am glad we got them involved!
After LKC's set, he went down to the dressing room downstairs. All of a sudden there were about 30 young girls and guys, waiting by the stairway for LKC to come back out for autographs or photo ops. It was nuts. Funny story...I went down to talk to LKC and when I came back up the stairs, the crowd could see my shadow against the stairway wall so they thought it was LKC. They started screaming like crazy! Then when they saw that it was me, that was the loudest "AWWWW!!!!" I've ever heard in my life. Gee, thanks! ^^ There was even this one older man who claimed to be LKC's seonbae
or "senior" and asked me to tell him that he was here. But when I asked LKC about it, he said he barely knew the guy and didn't feel comfortable seeing him, especially since he had to prep for his finale. So I had to BS the guy and try to let him down easy. Talk about people coming out of the woodwork!
But thank goodness for the police. When it finally came time for LKC to reappear, the policemen had to literally shove away all of these rabid teens to make room for him to walk. It was pretty surreal. After it was all said and done, I was talking story with the cops, thanking them for their help and they were all like, "Who was that?" and "They're that famous?" They were trippin'!After the concert was over, I finally was able to relax a little and eat something. I don't even remember from what food vendor I got this from but it sure was tasty!
Sorry I didn't take any pictures of food, but as I said, I didn't even have the time or the desire to eat until after the concert was over. But this blog
has some good photos. What's really funny about that blog is that the caption for the 3rd photo says that the guy in the photo is "K-pop sensation Lee Ki Chan." Yeah...I don't think so. That's one of the participants in the song contest! LOL The blog writer probably thought it was LKC because the program said the concert was at 5pm (but it got pushed back) and this guy just happened to be on stage a little after 5. I thought that was so hilarious!
Overall, I'd say the Festival was a great success. All the feedback I heard was extremely positive. I really like the variety we had in the food this year and also all of the cultural exhibitions were really cool. And of course, I really liked the fact that we were able to pull off a "mini-concert" of that scale during our little event. I hope people realize that they had the opportunity to see 2 of Korea's top singers performing a total of 12 songs....for free! Can't beat that for value!
Of course, there are still areas where we can improve and we will work on them for future Festivals. We are still young and learning. Please feel free to share all of your comments with me, both good and bad so that we can improve on next year.
Hope you all had a great time for those who went!