CHUNGCHEONG, Apr. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — Farm parties, which allow people living in the city to enjoy the experience of farm life and come in contact with nature, are proving popular as an increasing number of farmers eye the idea of transforming their property into a cultural event venue.
As self-explanatory as it sounds, the newly coined term ‘farm party’ refers to a party on a farm where the farm owner invites guests to participate in a number of activities including cooking classes, shows, and marketplaces for agricultural products, to name a few.
Last Saturday’s event held in South Chungcheong Province’s Taean County was the latest example of the recent boom of farm parties in South Korea.
With the support of the county government, a local interest group for farmers held an event during which patrons of the farms in the region were invited over to make giant bowls of bibimbap (a Korean dish of rice topped with vegetables) with local farmers using fresh homegrown ingredients.
During the tasting event which was part of the farm party, samples of locally made kimchi, salad and tea were served, while locally sourced desserts, tea and sauces were on sale to support the farmers.
Officials in Taean County believe farm parties could be a new business model that is mutually beneficial for both farmers and customers.
“(Farm parties) can be an opportunity for urban customers and farmers to get to know each other better. We will continue to promote the great agricultural products of Taean to customers living in metropolitan areas, and invent new business models to support our farmers,” one county official said.
Hyunsu Yim (firstname.lastname@example.org)