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Aug31

DA Summer Social – Park picnic with gimbap

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Where:DA Aldgate Centre
As the sun paints the skies blue with warmth, we invite you to embrace the summer vibes at our summer park picnic with Korean gimbap! Join us for an afternoon of laughter, connection, and the delightful flavors of Korean cuisine in the heart of nature.

Event Invitation

Spread out the picnic blankets and soak in the sunshine as we gather to catch the summer tale. Enjoy the serene surroundings, connect with fellow students, teachers and share your summer adventures and stories with us.

Koreans often bring a variety of delicious and convenient dishes for picnics, creating a feast that’s perfect for sharing outdoors. Gimbap is one of the staples in Korean picnics. It’s a portable and customizable dish made by rolling seasoned rice, vegetables, and often some type of protein in sheets of seaweed.

Join us for an afternoon of relaxation, laughter, and the delightful taste of Korean Gimbap. Let’s celebrate the summer season together in the great outdoors!

Details of the event
  • Date: 31 August (Saturday)
  • Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Where:  A central London park (location to be announced later)
  • Who: All are welcome! 
  • How much: FREE, but please book your ticket or RSVP for better organising.
  • What to bring: Water, any snacks and food for yourself. You are encouraged to make and bring your own Korean gimbap!
If you are a Dear Asia Student
You must be a current student to attend the event free(required)

Cultural introduction

Korean gimbap, often referred to as “Korean sushi,” is a popular dish consisting of seasoned rice and various fillings rolled in seaweed. Originating from Korea, gimbap has become a staple in Korean cuisine and is enjoyed by people of all ages. The rice is typically seasoned with sesame oil and salt, giving it a savory flavor, while the fillings can vary widely, including ingredients such as vegetables, egg, meat, and pickled radish. Once assembled, the gimbap is tightly rolled and sliced into bite-sized pieces, making it convenient for both home meals and on-the-go snacks.

In Korean culture, gimbap is often enjoyed as part of a picnic, known as “jangteo,” which is a popular outdoor activity among families and friends, especially during the warmer months. Korean picnics typically involve packing a variety of foods, including gimbap, fried chicken, fruits, and snacks, along with blankets and mats for seating. Families gather in parks or scenic spots to enjoy good food, conversation, and fresh air, creating cherished memories and strengthening bonds. Korean picnics embody the spirit of togetherness and relaxation, offering a delightful way to connect with nature and loved ones while indulging in delicious homemade treats like gimbap.