International Wines and Spirits Expo 2016

When it rains it pours!  If you haven’t already marked your calendars for the Makgeolli Festival at Goyang, or the Korean Traditional Liquor and Food Festival at Namsangol, then you might as well do that and add another!  One of the biggest events of the year in the alcohol industry is happening for a short three days starting on Thursday this week.

Held at COEX, this exhibition shows wines, spirits, sake and yes of course Korean traditional alcohol! There will be exhibitors from 200 companies spanning 20 countries.  We know first hand that there are some artisan brewers showcasing at the exhibition, so if you have any time feel free to get over to COEX and show them support…and of course taste some truly excellent brews!

Wine and spirits expo


Industry Show Days:   Thursday April 20th – Friday April 21st

Public Day:  Saturday April 22nd

Time:  10am – 6pm (5pm on Saturday)

Where:  COEX Exhibition Centre

Cost:  20,000won

For more details on how to get there and what’s going on visit here.

The spring season for makgeolli festivals and expos continues!!


Makgeolli Festival Roundup 2013

It’s that time of year when  we start seeing some excellent makgeolli festivals pop up for us to taste at and partake in.  It can be hard to know exactly when these things emerge until it’s too late, so here is a wrap up of what we know is going on.  We have our ears to the ground and we will be updating here when we get any new information about makgeolli events coming up.


Ilsan Makgeolli Festival

When:  Saturday October 5th – 6th

Where:  Ilsan Cultural Park (Cheongbalsan Station)

What:  An outdoor festival of tasting and exhibitions of various makgeolli brewers



Ilsan Festival


Makgeolli Day / Traditional Alcohol Festival @ World Cup Park


When:  Makgeolli Day is on the last Thursday of October every year, so that means this year it will be Oct 31st

Where:  Last year the festival was held at World Cup Park in Sangam on the last weekend of October.  It was the greatest festival we have ever been to, and we have been waiting on the edge of our collective seats ever since for it to happen again this year.  However when we searched for info about the festival this year, we haven’t been able to find anything planned.  Instead we found that there was a similar festival held in May (not sure how we missed that, but we are quite depressed that we did), and no information about the October festival.  However you can guarantee that we will be checking every day and asking everyone we know about what’s happening.  For a look at some pics from last year’s festival, check out our photo gallery here.



Makgeolli Expo

When:  November 6th – 9th

10am – 5pm

Where:  Coex (Samseong Station)

What:  The largest exhibition of makgeolli incorporating traditional liquor, hansik and traditional alcohol making tools.

Website:  The Korean Tourism Site is here, and the Korean site is here, but as yet there is limited info on this year’s event.

Makgeolli expo


Got any tips about other makgeolli festivals or exhibtions?  Got any questions we can help out with?  Comment below and let us know!

Makgeolli Expo 2012

We just had the Makgeolli Festival in World Cup Park last Sunday, which was amazing.  Now we have another makgeolli event to get out and experience more than just the typical green bottle!  The 2012 Makgeolli Expo is being held at Coex which will feature over 100 different breweries and kinds of makgeolli, equipment, and yes…..tastings!


Photo Credit: B2Expo

It started on Tuesday 6th November and will finish up this Friday 9th November, so not it’s not a weekend option.  Also the first 2 days will be limiting general admission to just the 3rd level.  However if you’re in the neighborhood and have the time, go check it out!

Where:  Coex

When:   November 6-9th

Time:   10:00 – 17:00

Admission:  10,000won

Website:  VisitKorea