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Taipei Foodie Goes to Tainan: Tainan Food Festival

Not sure if I ever talked about how much I love Tainan. It's no secret that Tainan is one of the best cities for food in Taiwan. With its rich colonial past, Tainan is a veritable melting pot of cultures. Different foods and traditions are openly celebrated here, and there is always something to satisfy everyone's cravings, whether it's sweet or savory.

The Tainan Food Festival, an annual event since 2010, centers around the concept 旬 (pronounced as shun) - an ancient Chinese timekeeping word, symbolizing it is time for some delicious local food and encouraging people to explore the foods and activities in season.

The Tainan tourism board has put together a guide for you to explore the best of Tainan city during the best time. The festival starts in mid-September and goes on all the way till 11/25/2018. There are 5 main categories this year: Travel for Food (旬遊), Art of Food(旬藝), Energy of Food (旬氣), Game of Food (旬戲), and last but not least, Love of Food (旬情).

I was very fortunate to be invited to go on a media tour and got a preview of the Tainan Food Festival. Let me put it this way, it's one solid package. Without further ado, here's a list of the things that are in store for you this festival!

1. travel for food: A drooling feast prepared by a Five-star hotel chef Eating food in season is good for you, it's even better when the ingredients are sourced locally. Travel for Food (旬遊) is led by the head chef BB from Silks Place Hotel. He has created a menu of 12 dishes using local seasonal ingredients such as longan and mountain bamboo. The next tasting will be this Winter, 2018.

More info can be found here.

2. art of food: A cook off with 6 renowned local chefs AT FOOD FESTIVAL PICNIC

Listen to the owners and chefs from local's favorite cafes and restaurants talk culinary, food trend, and everything you need to know about Tainan and watch an epic cook off among the 6 of them! Panel Line Up: Chef Kedy from Jai Mi Ba (吃麵吧) Chef from Cheng Cian sushi (城前料理亭)

BBQ master Hong Ge from Xiao Nan Man BBQ (小南門燒烤) Heui Heui from