From Anatolia to California

The Anatolian Cultures And Food Festival Is Taking Place May 16 To 19 In Los Angeles, Heart Of America’s Film Industry.

Now in its fourth year, the festival has welcomed 130,000 people in past years combined. The world’s largest Turkish festival, it is being held at the close to eleven and a half acre Orange County fairgrounds. Throughout history, the civilizations that have flourished in Anatolia have influenced Turkish culture and cuisine, and the festival reflects just that, across a broad spectrum ranging from regional handicrafts and foods to folklore ensembles and whirling dervishes.

Gates symbolizing the 14 historic civilizations of Anatolia are being set up in the fair area where models in period costume will escort visitors across the threshold. Several cities from Turkey are taking part in the festival, six of them with two- or three-dimensional scale models of their landmark buildings and structures. Other cities are represented by stands they have rented at the festival venue.  Not represented in previous festivals, Gaziantep’s Zeugma Museum and Covered Bazaar, Izmir’s Clock Tower and Church of the Virgin Mary, Trabzon’s Sumela Monastery, and Erzurum’s Double Minaret Madrasa are being added in the form of two- and three-dimensional scale models together with a stage where visitors can enjoy concerts by Turkish and foreign artists. The Anatolian Cultures and Food Festival is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to taste some unforgettable local specialties and experience Turkish culture on the West Coast.


Attending the festival opening in past years were California members of the U.S. House of Representatives Dana Rohrabacher, Loretta Sanchez and Linda Sanchez and a number of California state senators, representatives and mayors. A message of appreciation was also received from California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.