Stock up on fancy cheeses and wines, and it's all for a good cause

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Stock up on fancy cheeses and wines, and it's all for a good cause

Craving a slice of Edam cheese with your apple? Gruyere with your bread? Fresh parmesan on top of your pasta? Good luck finding these goods in Korea, at least at an affordable price. Who would think that lack of cheese would make life abroad difficult?

For years, cheese and wine have been the most popular items at the annual Seoul International Women's Association Bazaar. And according to bazaar organizers, this year will be no different. The bazaar is a major fund-raising event for Korean charities. On average, the bazaar raises 150 million won ($120,000) for organizations such as Open Neighborhood, Little Light Community, Margaret's House and Peace Village.

This year, with more corporate sponsors, organizers are hoping to raise more than 200 million won. "The event is really gaining momentum," says Vida Senkus, chairman of the 15th bazaar.

The event is divided into a Hall of Nations, where 53 countries sell native products and handicrafts; an International Food Hall, with food from various countries; a Grand Lottery, with items worth more than 1 million won; and an Lucky Draw, with items worth over 50,000 won.

The Seoul International Women's Association Bazaar will be held on Wednesday at the Grand Hilton in Seodaemun district, western Seoul. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are 8,000 won. For information, call 017-316-0111.

by Joe Yong-hee

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