EVENTS: First Annual GastronomIzmir Festival at MaviBahçe
If you listened in to our recent podcast episode033 about our top 10 favorite Turkish foods, then you know that food has been and always will be a big deal in Turkey. As new trends are opening up in Turkey, we are seeing more and more festivals dedicated to learning about specialty gourmet foods (example: Izmir Chocolate Festival and Organic Bazaar at MaviBahçe). The recent new GastronomIzmir Festival at MaviBahçe is not going to be left behind!
On May 13-17 Izmir held it’s first ever GastronomIzmir Festival at MaviBahçe Mall. No entrance fee was required to take part. The festival organized tents, stages, tables and chairs in the middle of the open air mall for guests to enjoy. Throughout the 5 day event, free workshops, presentations, awards, and music were scheduled for everyone to enjoy. Every few hours, sponsors passed out yummy mini size food to the attendees. If you wanted to explore further, participating restaurants within the MaviBahçe Mall contributed a special menu item you could enjoy that week.
Since we came to the start of the festival, most stations were still setting up, but we did enjoy a warm sandwich, music, part of the first workshop, and snapped some pictures. Hopefully next year will bring a 2nd annual GastronomIzmir Festival!
Enjoy a short video below!
Did you go to this festival?
Would you got to something like this in the future?
What food would you hope to see there?