What’s on the menu at Saturday’s Korean Festival

From kimbap to kim chee burgers, kalbi to desserts from 10 food booths

Bring out your metal chopsticks — the 17th Annual Korean Festival is at Victoria Ward Park this Saturday, when all things Korean come together from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. During the day, it’s all about crafts, vendors and cultural displays. Then dance the night away at a free K-pop concert featuring eSNA and idol group Ladies’ Code.

Day and night, there’ll be tons of food to satisfy all your Korean cravings. Here’s the red-hot lineup: 

Big City Diner

Kalbi pork and guava BBQ pork bao buns with kim chee slaw and gochujang sauce

Burgers on Bishop

Kim chee fried arancini with gochujang aioli

Hawaiian Christian Church (HCC)

Savory Korean pancakes, barbecue chicken, fried mandoo, Korean sushi and meat jun

Hawaiian Honey Cones

Hawaiian Honey Cones filled with Hokkaido-style vanilla ice cream

Seoul Jung Restaurant 

Barbecue chicken bowl 

LA kalbi bowl 

Kim chee salsa with chips

Tasty Coconut

Barbecue teri kim chee burger

And more

Blazing Steaks
Lucy’s Lab Creamery
Seoul Mix
Snow Factory 


Kimchee eating contest

Love kim chee? Enter the kim chee eating contest at 3 p.m.

Ja jiang myeon eating contest 

See how many black bean noodles you can slurp. This eating contest starts at 3:30 p.m.

Beer and soju tent

Experience Korean drinking culture with various alcohol concotions



11 a.m. Korean Farmers Music and Dance 
11:15 a.m. Ryukyukoku Matsuri Taiko Hawaii 
11:30 a.m. K-pop dance – Hawaii Dance Bomb 
11:45 a.m. Hula dance 


1 p.m. K-pop dance – Switch 
1:10 p.m. Taekwondo Honolulu, Traditional Korean Dance Teams
1:30 p.m. Halla Huhm, Myoung Woo Dahn, Thunder Hawaii – Samulnori, Moanalua HS Nanta team
2:50 p.m. Korean Traditional Games Association from Korea
3 p.m. Kim chee eating contest 
3:30 p.m. Ja jiang myeon eating contest 
4 p.m. K-pop – K-Era 
4:10 p.m. GO GO Janggo 
4:25 p.m. K-pop dance – Mystix 
4:35 p.m. Korean Farmers Music and Dance 
5 p.m. Song contest 


7:10 p.m. Singer & songwriter EsNa 
7:30 p.m. K-Pop girl group Ladies Code 
8 p.m. Closing remarks 
8 p.m. K-Pop entertainers meet and greet 

Parking information

Free parking will be available at these places around the Ward Village:

  • Ward Theaters 
  • Whole Foods 
  • Ward Centre 
  • Ohana Market Place 
  • Farmer’s Market parking lot
  • ​South Shore Market