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Indulging Your Palate at the Chun’an Food Festival 2019-07-16
To every foodie, scouring the dining scene for delicacies is a common experience. This June, at the 3rd Chun’an Food Festival, visitors will be able to try a number of Chun’an delicacies while admiring the beautiful Thousand-islet Lake scenery.

The festival includes food-themed activities, such as the 2rd Du Feast* (the 6th cooking competition of farm-flavored dishes), the 2015 Thousand-islet Lake International Freshwater Fish Cooking Competition, the 2015 Chun’an Xiushui Street Food Festival (the 8th Heqi Temple Fair) and Cooking Competition of Thousand-islet Lake Renowned Ingredients and Dishes. Lasting through to November, the festival is guaranteed to take you on a tasty journey into Chun’an’s delicacies.

   
About Chun’an
Chun’an County was formed by merging the old Chun’an County (淳安县城) and Sui’an County (遂安县城). In 1950, the construction of the huge Xin’an River Hydropower station dam lead to the formation of the Thousand-islet Lake; however, it also submerged the old Chun’an County and Sui’an County at the same time. During this time 289,951 residents were evacuated. Now a county under the administration of Hangzhou City, Chun’an has a time-honored history of over 1800 years, which has contributed to its unique food culture of strong local flavor.

About Du Feast (都宴)
According to historical records, ‘Du (都)’ is an ancient administrative division and firstly used in the old Chun’an County in the Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD).

The old Chun’an and Sui’an County were located in the mountainous area of Western Zhejiang Province, surrounded by verdant mountains and with numerous rivers and streams flowing through it. Based on their unique landscape, Chun'an was administratively divided into 36 Dus in the Jiajing Period of the Ming Dynasty (1522–1566) and Sui’an 18 Dus in the 40th Year of Emperor Wanli’s Reign of the Ming Dynasty (1612). These Dus were separated from one another by either mountain or water, which helped them to develop their very own culture including food culture. Since the construction of the Xin’an River Hydropower Station, these Dus have laid at the bottom of Thousand-islet Lake; however, their cultures have not vanished but have been passed down from generation to generation.

By infusing the food cultures originating from these Dus and after years of improvement, a feast combining every Du’s desserts, fruits, cold dishes, dim sum, traditional dishes and characteristic dishes has formed the culture-loaded ‘Thousand-islet Du Feast’.
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