Saturday, November 30, 2019

Daegu Coffee & Cafe Fair

Daegu Coffee & Cafe Fair

By Arslan Musaddiq
November 2019

Daegu Coffee and Cafe Fair Banner

Daegu exhibition and convention center (EXCO), 
located in Buk District, held four days of Daegu Coffee & Cafe FairEXCO hosts many exhibitions, art shows, and performances. Look at this beautiful building!πŸ‘‡

Front of EXCO Building

If you are a coffee lover like me, it was one of the most exciting exhibition for you.πŸ‘ I had a chance to try different types of coffees. There was plenty to try, for example, I tried, for the first time, the coffee from Ethiopia. Similarly, there were many flavors of coffees blended with different spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, and pumpkin spice. Some of the stalls were dedicated to showcasing coffee machines and new technology for coffee roasting. In addition, there was a separate section where you can buy coffee and coffee-related items.

Cofee Fair Booth
Coffee Fair Main Hall

When I visited the coffee fair, it was a rainy day. During a rainy cold day, almost everyone was trying sipping new coffee samples. I tried many different flavors free of cost.πŸ˜„

Coffee Fair Main Hall Banner
Coffee Machines

Then there was a stall of National Geographic. In their stall, you can see all the amazing magazines at an affordable price. One of the ladies in the stall had small cups full of spices, herbs, and tea. I was not aware of most of them and saw them for the first time.😲 It gave me more curiosity to taste each one of them.πŸ‘€

National Geographic Magazines
National Geographic Booth

Variety of Teas
Coffee Fair Stage
Coffee Fair Booths
Booth where you can take a beautiful photo
People trying coffee samples
Coffee and Cafe Booths

The main hall was divided into different sections. It consists of coffee shops, coffee exhibition stalls, coffee machines display, and so on. There was also a
stage event, where there was some competition going on.πŸ‘Œ The visitors were also experiencing different programs by paying a small amount.πŸ‘ The whole program was hosted by the Daegu food culture forum.  
I took the following many more photos of the event.



The smell of the coffee was so mesmerizing in the hall and at each booth, more and more people were lined up to try the coffee.😁 The coffee grinders, coffee machines, coffee franchises, coffee magazines, etc., everything was about coffee. I was very happy😊 to see all the like-minded people who were as much enthusiastic to try new flavors of coffee like me.

MASS Coffee Booth

MASS Coffee Samples

Daegu Coffee & Cafe Fair is one of the top coffee business exhibition in Korea. Being a coffee lover, I always try new blends of coffee from time to time and this event. It was such a great experience.πŸ‘

In the coming days, there are two more programs that you can enjoy in Daegu EXCO.

  • The Best Franchise Fair in Daegu (December 05, 2019 ~ December 07, 2019)
  • Daegu Christmas Fair 2019 (December 06, 2019 ~ December 08, 2019)

  • Address: Daegu, Buk-gu, Sangyeok 2(i)-dong, μ—‘μŠ€μ½”λ‘œ 10
  • Parking Facilities: The cars can be parked near the building
  • Phone: +82- 053-601-5000
  • Directions: From Daegu downtown, you can take bus no 503, 306, and 349.


Friday, November 29, 2019

Daegu Food Tour EXPO 2019

Daegu Food Tour EXPO 2019

By Arslan Musaddiq
November 2019

EXCO Main Entrance

Daegu exhibition and convention center (EXCO) held four days of 
Daegu Food Tour Expo 2019. The EXCO is located in Buk District. It’s a beautiful building with numerous exhibition halls, conference rooms, auditoriums, cafes, convenience stores, banks, post offices, and other support centers. The main purpose of EXCO is to host conferences, exhibitions, different performances, and many art shows.

Daegu Food Expo Main Hall

Daegu Food Tour Expo was 4-days long which was the largest food industry eventπŸ‘ in Daegu. There was plenty to see including international and Korean food, dishes and cuisines as well as food contest. In addition, there was a separate section where you can buy fresh food and bakery items.πŸ˜‹πŸ΄

Mexican Food
Spanish Food
Korean Traditional Tea and Desserts

Korean Food

The mouthwatering food reflects the country's taste and culture.πŸ‘Œ There were dishes displayed from China, India, Mexico, Spain, and Uzbekistan. It was a very mesmerizing experience to see how people in different parts of the world eat, live, and enjoy their daily life through food.πŸ˜„


Then the next section was full of Korean dishes. The following are the mouthwatering dishes. Most of the dishes I was not aware of saw for the first time. It gave me more curiosity to taste each one of them.πŸ‘€πŸ˜² 

Korean dishes were displayed with a very nice presentation.πŸ‘ The main hall was divided into different sections. It consists of Food Exhibition Hall, Food Tasting Hall, Yummydang, Experience Hall, stage events, and a cooking competition

The visitor can also experience different program by paying a small amount, for example, making a pot stand for 5,000 won per person, making cupcakes in 8,000 won per person and similarly, there was kimchi making experience program in 10,000 won. The whole program was hosted by Daegu Metropolitan City.
I took many more photos including cakes art section and bakery items. 



There were also stalls where you can sample foods before buying. In this way more and more people lined up to try the food. The cakes that were on the display are truly a work of art.πŸ‘ Each cake was designed with famous themes such as Aladdin or Jack sparrow etc. I was really impressed by the talent of the chefs who designed these cakes.

Cupcake Art
Lentils in Korea

Daegu Food Tour Expo is one of the top food display programs in Korea. Being an international visitor, this event was also such a great learning experience. I learned about food and dishes which I never knew before.πŸ‘

In the coming days, there are three more programs that you can enjoy in Daegu EXPO.

  •  Daegu Coffee & Cafe Fair (November 28, 2019 ~ December 01, 2019)
  •  The Best Franchise Fair in Daegu (December 05, 2019 ~ December 07, 2019)
  • Daegu Christmas Fair 2019 (December 06, 2019 ~ December 08, 2019)

  • Address: Daegu, Buk-gu, Sangyeok 2(i)-dong, μ—‘μŠ€μ½”λ‘œ 10
  • Parking Facilities: The cars can be parked near the building
  • Phone: +82- 053-601-5000
  • Directions: From Daegu downtown, you can take bus number 503, 306, and 349.
Location of EXCO

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The Daegu K-Food Expo

The Daegu K-Food Expo

By Jared Hatch
November 2019

The Daegu K-Food Expo just wrapped up a busy four days, held at the Daegu EXCO.   It was my first time visiting this Expo, as well as the EXCO center, and I left looking forward to attending next year’s event.  The Expo celebrated many different aspects of food culture and business at the EXCO, with a wide variety of different foods and drinks to sample and buy.πŸ˜‹πŸ΄  The show ran from 10 am to 6 pm Thursday through Sunday, giving people a wide range of time to visit the different areas.  The show had different live cooking demonstrationsπŸ‘ in one section of the hall, as well as a food court area, with different chefs showcasing the foods that they cook at their restaurants.😊

One of the most interesting things I tried at the food court was a special form of Dosirak🍱 (Korean box lunch with a variety of different foods included).  The main dish was a special mix of cooked rice and extra ingredients steamed inside of a water lily leaf that gave the dish an aromatic tea-like flavor and aroma.  It also had a special form of pickled seaweed that almost had a meaty flavor and texture, a Korean bulgogi patty, as well as two other side dishes.  My Korean friend I ate the meal with had never eaten this dish before, so it felt like I was eating something really unique that I would never have experienced if I didn’t attend the event.😁

There is a lot to see while you are walking around the different exhibitions, so if you are in need of some liquid energy, there are plenty of coffee shops in the EXCO, as well as in the food court area. The prices for the coffee was very reasonable, 2,000 won for an Americano, and 3,000 won, with a choice between two different blends of coffee beans, which I always appreciate. 

If you are still feeling peckish after your meal and coffee, the baked goods exhibition area is right next to the food court area and was providing free samples whenever I walked by.  The baked goods that were on display were truly works of artπŸ‘, with rows upon rows of different confections of all shapes and colors.  Different fresh breads and desserts were being continually baked during the Expo, with special ovens brought in special for the event.  I was impressedπŸ‘€ with the logistical planning that took place to provide so many cool experiences for the patrons visiting the Expo.

Also in this section of the Expo were different tables set up featuring the plastic molds of foods from different countries, as well as a stage set up for televised food demonstrations.  When you walk out of the baking and food court section of the hall, you are surrounded by stall upon stall of different vendors featuring local foods, the latest trends in food technology, as well as specialty drinks of all different forms.

One of the great things about the Food Expo was that you are able to meet the people who are producing the food that you are tasting.   I find that when you meet people who are so passionate about the food that they make, it is bound to taste good.  I had some of the best tofu of my lifeπŸ’― served to me by a very kind lady who was working at one of the stalls

Although you have the option to buy foods and drinks being sold at the Expo, I observed most people taking advantage of the free samples being given out, while the booth vendors used that opportunity to raise awareness with consumers about their business, using it as a marketing opportunityπŸ‘. 

In addition to the different foods you could sample, there was a wide variety of beverages available to sample, both alcoholic and alcohol-free.  There were several stalls of different Makgeolli breweries, giving you an opportunity to meet people who make this traditional alcoholic drink in small batches.  I have found that hand made makgeolli has some really unique and enticing depth of flavor lacking in the mass-produced bottles.

In addition to the makgeolli, soju, and goryangju (Chinese rice liquor), a stall featuring local craft breweries in the area was serving samples of their beer, with the brewers pouring the beer and answering questions for the consumers. 

The Expo will be held again next year if you are interested in attending.  There is a paid parking area underneath the EXCO center if you choose to drive.  Taking a taxi or a bus is also a good option, with the bus stop being right next to the EXCO building.  If you are a foodie I highly suggest putting this on your calendar for next year.