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TurkeyCooking Vacations, Foodie Tours, Culinary Getaways

In the cradle of civilization, Turkish cuisine offers centuries of cooking experience, blending of spices and flavors into every dish from salads to breads to meat dishes.  Bridging a variety of cultures and countries, Turkey offers a truly diverse opportunity to experience the fusion of western and eastern influences. Bulgur, minced meat, and salads are the backbone of Turkish home-style cooking, as well as spicy Turkish sausages, crusty loaf breads, and full-flavored vegetable dishes. Turkish cooking is truly an adventure, from kuzu çevirme which is milk fed lamb on a spit to mahmudiye which is chicken with apricots, honey and currants. Experience cooking flavorful dishes with sardines and anchovies, traditional kebabs, and keşkek, a specialty of central Anatolia. From the Black Sea in northern Turkey to the shores of the Mediterranean, a Turkish culinary tour is a unique opportunity to taste, smell and savor the rich flavors not found anywhere else.

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Turkish Delight Culinary Vacation
Spend your culinary vacation exploring the sights, sounds and tastes from the cradle of civilization. From ancient Troy to modern Istanbul, enjoy a unique blend of past and present, from the wonders of the Hippodrome to excitement of local markets in Kusadasi. Experience the best Aegean cuisine has to offer on a once-in-a-lifetime cooking adventure that will have you craving more!
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Location: Istanbul, Turkey

Taste What's Happening!

Masters of Wine Weekend

Istanbul
5/2/2014 - 5/6/2014
Wine experts will give the Turkish grape varieties their due, and also to teach the interested the intricacies and varieties of wine tasting.

Bartin Strawberry Festival

Bartin
5/29/2014 - 6/2/2014
Celebrate the harvesting of the strawberry crop.

Conquest of Istanbul

Istanbul
5/29/2014
Reenactment of Mehmet's conquest of Constantinople in 1453, plus exhibitions of traditional arts, parades, and fireworks.

Apricot Festival

Malatya
7/1/2014 - 7/31/2014
Turkey's apricot capital, to celebrate the harvesting of the crop. Held in July.

Ramadan Feast

Country-wide
7/29/2014
Marking the end of Ramadan, a happy time spent socializing and exchanging gifts of Turkish delight and other sweets.

Mengen (Bolu) Chef's Festival

Mengen, Bolu
8/1/2014 - 8/31/2014
Turkish chefs regale local and foreign travel writers and the press with samples of Turkish gastronomical delights. Held in August.

Watermelon Festival

Diyarbakir
9/18/2014 - 9/20/2014
Diyarbakir is reputed for its watermelons. During the Watermelon Festival, you can see watermelons weighing up to 88 pounds. Dates approx.
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