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The 4th NC Turkish Festival attracted thousands
It was a sunny April day, where so many people were gathering together at NC State Fairgrounds to enjoy North Carolina Turkish Festival, a celebration of Turkish Cuisine and Culture.
Festival guests had a chance to taste a wide variety of Turkish dishes from world famous Doner kebab to a rich menu of traditional Turkish desserts, the oldest form of coffee drinking to Turkish style tea brewed in a unique way.
Watching Turkish Crepe, Gozleme, prepared in location and smelling the touch of the dough to the thin plate was a visual treat on top of the great taste.
Our Calligraphy Artist, Aydin Cayir, prepared masterpieces specifically designed for the guests: sometimes a message to the loved ones or sometimes the guest’s name on a beautifully designed paper in unique fonts.
There was also water Marbling, called Ebru, where artist, Ayse Calis, was showing her guests the unique dance of water with colorful paint, and then transferring the paint on a piece of paper with stunning impressions.
Festival guests also had the chance to explore Turkish culture by dressing like Sultans’, watching clips from Turkey, read books about the Turkish culture and its people. They also had an opportunity to purchase authentic hand made Turkish crafts, jewelry and carpets at reasonable prices.
While Festival guests were enjoying the delicious food and rich presentation of the Turkish Culture, they were entertained throughout the Festival by the non-stop stage shows, such as Turkish folk music and folk dance, performed by the Bluestar Dance Troupe, ‘One Man Circus: Fritzy Brothers, who amazed everybody with his mesmerizing tricks. Not to forget live traditional Turkish Folk Music. It was a great day especially for kids, with the free inflatable jump zone with Dry Slides and Toddler Playgrounds.
2009 North Carolina Turkish Festival was a great way to celebrate cultural diversity in North Carolina. Now with its new title as “CARY TURKISH DAY” given by Cary Town Council, it is one of the biggest Cultural events in greater Triangle Area. Ever growing attendance that reaches to around 5000 this year promises better Turkish Festivals coming years.