ISTANBUL, Turkey, October 4, 2006 – Turkey’s participation at the 11th
Annual Epcot ® Food and Wine Festival at the Walt Disney World Resort in
Orlando, Florida commenced on September 29, when Turkish cultural and
culinary representatives began offering a series of seminars and workshops
designed to impart the country’s unique artistic and culinary traditions to
festival-goers who visit Turkey’s pavilion at the International
Marketplace-a replica of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar.
Now through November 12, the celebration of Turkish culture continues
daily with artisans’ workshops and cooking demonstrations, as well as a
full range of Turkish crafts and food products offered for sale. On-site
workshops include quick tip seminars on how to make regional dishes by
Turkish chef Cagri Parlak, the art of paper marbling by Turkish artisans
and wine and olive oil tastings.
As part of the Festival’s Regional Feasts series, visitors can also
purchase a ticket to a special Turkish Treasures dinner on October 11
prepared by Orhan Yegen, a renowned Turkish chef who was born in Istanbul
and is now the chef/owner of Sip Sak, one of New York City’s finest Turkish
restaurants. Held at the Chef’s Showplace in the Odyssey Center, the
Turkish Treasures dinner will feature a menu of delicious regional
specialties and Turkish wines, as well as traditional Turkish music.
In addition to the Regional Feast, chef Yegen will also prepare flavorful
dishes for two Parties for the Senses (sultan’s delight on October 7 and
puff pastries on October 14) and will offer six culinary demonstrations
(stuffed grape leaves on October 9, cheese turnover, bulgur salad, and
musakka on October 10, and eggplant salad and rice pilaf on October 16).
For more information and a complete schedule of events for the 11th Annual
Epcot ® Food and Wine Festival, visit
For information about travel to Turkey, call 1-877-FOR-TURKEY or contact
the Turkish Culture and Tourism Offices in New York at 212-687-2194, in
Washington D.C. at 202-612-6800, or in Los Angeles at 323-937-8066 and
visit www.tourismturkey.org or www.kulturturizm.gov.tr.