Taipei, July 25 (CNA) The two-day Changhua Wonggong Fish and Fire Festival kicking off Saturday in a fishing port in Changhua County will offer visitors a new appreciation of the area's oyster culture, county officials said Wednesday.
The festival, to be held July 28-29 at Wonggong fishing port, will feature music, fireworks shows, seafood and oyster art, organizers said.
"We hope the festival will promote tourism and showcase Wonggong's fishing industry and oyster culture," said Chen Chiung-chih, an official with the county government team that is organizing the event.
The fishing port, located southwest of an ocean landfill area in Wonggong, is known for its oysters, clams and blood cockles. Its oysters are dubbed "pearl oysters" because they are said to have the luster of pearls.
The county government began organizing the festival in 2005 to encourage tourism in Changhua's coastal areas and promote the local fishing culture.
The annual festival will feature pop singers, bands, celebrities, and 24 local folk music and dance groups.
In addition, a story house will introduce Wonggong's history to visitors and allow them to create artistic objects from the shells of oysters, sea snails and clams.
(By Christie Chen)