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  • Press Release

    Best of Turkey Comes to Southern California May 16 to May 19

    Four Days of Food, Music and Family Fun Promised at Largest Festival Celebrating Anatolia's Rich Culture

    Los Angeles, CA/ May 13, 2013 --  Calling all food and music lovers. The Anatolian Cultures and Food Festival 2013 is set to take place at the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, California from May 16 to May 19, 2013. The festival will feature realistic exhibits, more than 100 food and craft stands and dozens of live performances by world-class musicians and dancers. 

    Something Tasty for Everyone

    The festival will offer a massive variety of the best food of the region prepared fresh each day by skilled Turkish cooks, chefs and caterers. The foods will range from tasty kebabs, freshly-made baklavas and flat breads (gozlemes), to home-made dumplings (manti) and vegetables cooked in olive olive and much more. 

    The popular sticky ice-cream and kunefe (a made-to-order shredded pastry dessert) will also make a return, as well as many flavorful examples of Ottoman cuisine including milk puddings, Turkish delight and a variety of stuffed vegetables. 

    New this year is the city of Antep, best known as home of the pistachio, baklava and layered kebabs. A group of local chefs will be on hand preparing some of the best examples of the local cuisine.

    These foods and much more will be prepared and sold at the festival's Grand Bazaar area made up of more than a hundred stalls. Festivalgoers will also be able to enjoy many local refreshments, including the fresh yoghurt drink called ayran, as well as Turkish coffee and traditionally brewed teas and fresh juices.

    At two stages a line-up of Turkish chefs will be giving food demos throughout the four days, while best-selling authors and culinary experts Faye Levy and Clifford A. Wright will talk about the regional cuisine. 

    Sacred Music Meets Pop

    This year the festival will put on an even greater display of Anatolian music, with a mix of folk, pop, traditional and religious music performed live by dozens of musicians traveling from Turkey. 

    The line-up of performances will include:
    Serkan Cagri, Turkish clarinet master and his ensemble
    The Whirling Dervishes, the Sufi performers from the City of Konya
    Omer Faruk Tekbilek, Turkish virtuoso and his ensemble
    Yasar, a popular Turkish pop singer
    The award-winning Yenimahalle TUBIL Folk Dance Group
    The Van Folk Dance Group from Eastern Turkey

    Udi Yervant, an Armenian singer and musician
    Ferhat, a Turkish pop singer
    The Ottoman Marching Band, one of the world's oldest military bands
    The Reyhani Folk Music and Dance Group from the city of Mardin
    The Keravnos and Kymata St Sophia Church Greek Dance Group

    The performances will take place throughout the festival and at the main concert stage each evening. For a full schedule of performances or to buy tickets please visit or call (310) 208 7290. Contact Atilla Kahveci, festival spokesperson at (818) 746 5421.

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  • The Gates of Civilizations

    The “Path of Anatolia” is composed of the arches of The Hittite Empire, The Kingdom of Commagene, Lydia, The Persian Empire, The Urartu State, The Phrygia, The Ionian Civilization, The Assyria, Troy, The Roman Empire,The Byzantine Empire, The Great Seljuq Empire, The Ottoman Empire, and Turkish Republic. Two staff members dressed in costumes of that period will greet visitors at each arch to give information on the history of that civilization. Photos and Additional information are displayed on panels between the arches.

    The Republic of Turkiye

    The Republic of Turkey was founded in October 29, 1923 by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, after the abolishment of the Ottoman Empire. Turkey is a Eurasian country located mostly on Anatolia in Western Asia and on East Thrace in Southeastern Europe. Turkey is bordered by eight countries: Bulgaria to the northwest; Greece to the west; Georgia to the northeast; ArmeniaIran and the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan to the east; andIraq and Syria to the southeast.


    The Ottoman Empire

    The Ottoman Empire was a state founded by Turkishtribes under Osman Bey in north-western Anatolia in 1299. The empire reached its peak at 1590, covering parts of Asia, Europe and Africa. The reign of the long-lived Ottoman dynasty lasted for 623 years, from 27 July 1299 to 1 November 1922, when the monarchy inTurkey was abolished.


    The Great Seljuk Empire

    The Great Seljuq Empire was a medieval Turko-Persian Sunni Muslim empire, originating from the Qynyq branch of Oghuz Turks. The Seljuq Empire controlled a vast area stretching from the Hindu Kush to easternAnatolia and from Central Asia to the Persian Gulf.



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