NAMYANGJU, South Korea, Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The upcoming international food festival in South Korea aims to offer a unique chance to experience the culinary diversity in the Asian and Oceanic region, organizers said Thursday.
The 2013 AsiO Gusto is set to open in Namyangju, east of Seoul, next Tuesday for a six-day run, with the participation of 40 Asian and Oceanian nations, making it the largest-ever food festival in the region.
The word "AsiO" is the combination of Asia and Oceania, and "Gusto" means taste in Italian.
Under the theme of "Slow-Food, Changing the World Through Taste," the project was organized by the Slow Food Culture Center and the Namyangju city government in collaboration with Slow Food International.
The slow food organization created the Asian version of the event last year. It has hosted two major events biennially - the Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre event in Italy and Euro Gusto in France.
"Outside of Asia, many people have a very limited view of the region's different cuisines ... The AsiO Gusto will offer a journey around Asia's vivid sights and flavors," its organizers said on its website.
Next week's festival is expected to include diverse events, including international conferences, workshops, and cooking contests and exhibitions, the organizers said.
The conference will kick off on Oct. 2 and run for three days, during which nearly 90 experts from 20 countries are scheduled to discuss the latest trends and studies on slow food around the world.
"In addition to highlighting the value of local cultures, the event will reflect how the guiding principles of Slow Food -- good, clean and fair; the protection of biodiversity; and the importance of taste education -- are increasingly shared at a global level," an official of the organization said.
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