第11个“中国旅游日”刚刚过去，520民间情人节又来了！“岭南味 佛山品”“三江汇流 醋处精彩——2021三水呷醋文化节”5月20日在三水区芦苞镇隆重启动。
As the 11th "China Tourism Day" was just wrapped out, we were more than ready to celebrate Network Valentine's Day on May 20th. On this lovely occasion, Foshan hosted the "2021 Sanshui Vinegar Culture Festival" in Lubao Town, Sanshui District, as themed on "Taste Lingnan Flavor in Foshan" ("岭南味 佛山品") and "Three Rivers Meet, Vinegar Comes in Essence" ("三江汇流 醋处精彩").
A unique musical opening to the festival
Sanshui Vinegar Cultural Festival was kicked off on an opening ceremony at Cai's Ancestral Hall in Lubao, Sanshui District. As eye-catching as it seemed, a shiny black vinegar tank was featured as a musical instrument on the spot. Used on a percussion performance and a song rendition, this special prop created a distinct "vinegar tank percussion". The sound went sonorous and powerful for a while, and became more stripped-down and lingering as it proceeded. The audience was fascinated by it all.
Reportedly, vinegar tank serves as an important tool for brewing of "Smelly Vinegar" in Sanshui, which epitomizes delicacies that was prepared, a spirit of craftsmanship upheld by local chefs and expectations from diners.
"Vinegar" stories and tales shared on "5·20"
On the occasion of Network Valentine's Day, delegates of various groups in Sanshui were invited to share their loving stories about "smelly vinegar". The most touching ones are a 93-year-old senior that found secrets in "longevity vinegar", a golden wedding couple who bonded over "loving vinegar”, a woman that became stronger with "nourishing vinegar" after entering motherhood and new settlers that found acceptance and warmth in "embracing vinegar".
Their sharing related a lot to the audiences. Everyone said "smelly vinegar" in Sanshui not only stands for longevity, but also enduring love, nourishment, and social acceptance. People all over the world will just love it when they come here.
Hot dance to express love for Sanshui
A dance performance titled "Vinegar Kids" highlighted the ceremony as well, as it was choreographed by Lubao Town Experimental Primary School. The dance depicted a journey of local kids towards vinegar in Sanshui, including their first smell, first look, and first taste on it. Their emotions and feelings towards it have shifted during the process - they resisted it first and grew fond of it ever since. Their love and passion for local food culture was well captured by the show.
"Sanshui Smelly Vinegar Diet Alliance" was born
One of the highlights on the event was the founding of "Sanshui Smelly Vinegar Diet Alliance" (hereinafter referred to as "the Alliance", which included 10 high-quality "smelly vinegar" restaurants in Sanshui ("Changsi Sao Farm" was upon the list). Up next, the Alliance will work on industrial standards, and intangible cultural heritage applications. It is expected to organize various sale promotions and consumption discounts in a way that develops a brand of "smelly vinegar" in Sanshui. Plus, a Sanshui "vinegar map” was also released and tourists are able to explore the original "vinegar" taste in Sanshui.
As for Sanshui Lubao Changsi Sao Farm that was staged at a parallel session, tourists from Sanshui and all parts of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (hereinafter referred to as "GBA") were lucky enough to get their exclusive "smelly vinegar". Later on, they can watch how the vinegar is brewed in a 180-day livestreaming broadcast via Foshan Radio Station. The production process, from brewing to opening, can be seen 24/7 on the platform.
Reportedly, after the opening ceremony, the 2021 Sanshui Vinegar Cultural Festival will last for half a year, from May to October. In between, various campaigns and activities will be presented to highlight "smelly vinegar" culture, in terms of historical background, nutritive values, social connection and featured tours. With iconic local food being the key, Sanshui plans to boost its cultural and tourism industry and grow into a new highland of delicacies in GBA.
Author | Jersey
Revisor | Ivy, Jessica
Photo | Lu Guandong