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Yilan County gets ready for Slow Living Festival

By Loa Iok-sin  /  Staff Reporter

Yilan County Commissioner Lin Tsung-hsien (林聰賢) is inviting everyone to come to the nine-day Slow Living Festival that starts on Saturday.

“In spring there’s the Green Expo in Yilan, in summer there’s the Yilan International Children’s Folklore and Folkgame Festival, and in winter there’s the Yilan Hot Spring Festival,” Lin told a news conference in Taipei yesterday.

“In the fall, we would like visitors to Yilan to slow down, relax and enjoy the atmosphere as well as the seasonal gourmet food,” he said.

The county plans to welcome visitors with streets specially decorated for the event by artists, open-air markets selling local specialties and souvenirs, as well as concerts featuring award-winning singer--songwriters, including Hsiao Huang-chi (蕭煌奇), Chen Ming-chang (陳明章), Denis Juan (阮丹青) and Suming.

A number of gourmet specialties will also be on offer. Chef Huang Te-chung (黃德忠) — better known by his nickname Chef A-chung (阿忠師) — has designed two distinctive 10-course meals using locally produced vegetables, ducks and rice wine.

Huang, an Yilan native, has become famous not just for his food, but because he has cooked for the president at state banquets.

“Yilan is not the only place in the country that has duck farms, but ducks from Yilan are top quality because of the unpolluted environment and water,” Huang said as he demonstrated some of the duck dishes at the press conference.

“For these dishes I am only using rice wine from Yilan to give all visitors an authentic taste of Yilan,” he said.

Nanfangao (南方澳), a fishing village in Suao Township (蘇澳), plans to hold a Mackerel Festival alongside the Slow Living Festival. Nanfangao is the No. 1 harbor for mackerel fishing in Taiwan, and fall is main mackerel harvest season.

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