About JFWF

About 2016 JEJU Food & Wine Festival

The first Jeju Food and Wine Festival (JFWF) takes place on Jeju Island, off the southern tip of South Korea, this year. The festival brings together famous chefs from Korea and abroad, and unites them on Jeju Island. The festival offers sumptuous cuisine and sparkling entertainment, capitalizing on the fresh and seasonal ingredients unique to Jeju, and the island’s lively and welcoming spirit.

JFWF is a nonprofit cultural festival designed to showcase the outstanding quality of Jeju’s agriculture, fisheries and livestock sectors. It also contributes to the promotion of next-generation Korean culinary talent; upgrades the local MICE sector; and boosts the overall tourism and gastronomy sectors on Jeju Island.

Objectives of JFWF

  • Hosting an international food festival at the center of Northeast Asia, on Jeju Island.
  • Inaugurating an annual festival, which will become a new cultural tourism icon of Jeju
  • Expanding into a public cultural event embracing both visitors and Jeju residents.
  • Promoting the excellence of Jeju’s local ingredients, making the island’s agricultural, fisheries and livestock sectors core resources for Korean gastronomic culture.
  • Establishment of Jeju as a pioneer of spreading and advertising the gastronomy of Korea through JFWF.
  • Nurturing of culinary students in Jeju and people in the related field to be the future generation of Korean gastronomy.

Greeting from the chief of the JEJU Food & Wine Festival Organizing Committee

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the ‘JEJU Food and Wine Festival 2016’, where the world meets the gastronomy of Jeju. Various types of dishes are presented by 18 top chefs from Korea and around the world, as well as numerous wines and Jeju’s traditional liquor. The ‘Jeju Food and Wine Festival 2016’ is a cultural feast which local Jeju people and tourists can enjoy wonderful food culture of Jeju.

This first-time-in-Korea festival has 3 important meanings;

First, the participating top chefs will draw new spotlights to the regional ingredients of Jeju by using them in their creative dishes. The chefs will pose as the good-will ambassadors of Korean and Jeju culture.

Second, we will create another touristic attraction of Jeju, which will add another reason to visit Jeju for both domestic and international visitors. Food festival is an ideal cultural exchange which will bring everyone together.

Third, we will nurture young talent who want to become chefs by inviting them to volunteer in the kitchen, which will enable them to interact with the world’s top chefs. Also, it will become an opportunity to promote the future generation of Korean and Jeju gastronomy by establishing communities with chefs around the world.

I would like to send special thanks to Mr. Hee-ryong Won, the governor of the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, and all the officers in the Office of Jeju for appreciating the purpose and supporting this festival. Furthermore, I would like to thank the sponsors who fulfill the social responsibilities of the enterprises because the festival now has more meaning after your participation. We, the JEJU Food and Wine Festival 2016, believe that it will become a founding stone of the globalization of Korean culture with co-supervision of Jeju Tourism Organization and Jeju Food and Wine Festival, a nonprofit corporation.

Young-Uck Kim

Chief of Jeju Food and Wine Festival Organizing Committee

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