The Daejeon International Wine and Food Festival


My friend Eric and I headed to Daejeon for the International Wine and Food Festival after waking up at the crack of dawn to grab a train at 7. I wasn’t exactly sure what it entailed, but wine-tasting and international food??? I was so there.

Our first stop was the Daejeon Art Museum (a 2,000 won cost) and the Arboretum. The museum had 3 major exhibits, and were just okay. The Arboretum on the other hand was simply amazing! So so soooo beautiful with its roses and pond, herbs and sunflowers.

Daejeon Arboretum

We headed inside with our 3,000 won entrance fee that included a beautiful wine glass (I got to keep it! ^_^) I was impressed with the whole setup. There was a small gallery at the entrance with some wine themed art, and musicians playing. Then there were just booths from eeeeeverywhere around the world. 2Eric and I chatted with the booth workers, some were Koreans who worked for the companies overseas, and some were from the embassy themselves. There was even a wine glass washing area so you could have a squeaky clean glass for the next sample. I usually like red wine, but white wine worked really well for an afternoon of wine tasting. Here are some of the ones I enjoyed: wine

We spent about an hour walking around and taste testing, and that’s when I realized it would probably be a good idea to go grab some grub. We headed for the back exit, and as we rounded the corner we saw rows and rows of open wine bottles, labeled “samples”. o_O So of course we needed to try a few (-_^)


The International Food area was a bunch of restaurants selling their cuisine, all outdoors and wonderful on a sunny beautiful day. It was a bit pricey, but still worth eating. We had pad Thai, and spring rolls and an Australian burger. We bought brie cheese and crackers and went back inside for more wine. It was truly a perfect day ^_^