Turkish Food Culture
Food played a central role in the life of Turkish people and valued not just for the taste. By people of every faith, ethnic group and class food have symbolic significance. No social event or occasion such as weddings, religious festivals, birth even funerals are complete without particular foods associated with it.
The food culture of Turkey is very distinctive and varied. It is more than kebaps and baklavas. There are dozens of milky deserts, vegetables cooked in olive oil, pastries of all kinds, mezes, soups and more. Turkey offers rich and delicious dishes to the travelers who are in culinary pursuits and want to capture the real essence of a country through food as food tells a great deal about the people, daily life and traditions. Especially there is much to discover in a country like Turkey which has been the melting pot of different cultures and peoples all mixed but varied in their ways. Being homeland to different ethnic groups and faiths made Turkish cuisine rich and sophisticated. Each one of them enriched and perfected the Turkish food culture by bringing their food habits and traditions.
The evolution of this vibrant cuisine in Turkey is no accident. There are key elements such as a vast landscape which is made of fertile valleys, high mountain ranges, desert-like plateaus, Turquoise coasts, rich flora and outstanding location bridging between Europe and Asia combining both old and new.
You may not have the chance to travel across Turkey in a culinary pursuit, but Istanbul can make it up for you. The city with great historical background and location is the best way to start your journey full of delicious tastes and lifetime memories. The town is a common ground for people from different cities and backgrounds. It holds the best of everything and offers different flavors from all around Turkey such as vegetables cooked in olive oil, spicy kebaps, semolina halva,meatballs, milky deserts and pastries of all kinds. By walking in different neighborhoods of Istanbul full of hidden gems you will make your way through the country's culinary roots and taste local foods which are woven into the Turkeys heritage. Join us, and you’ll experience things you wouldn’t have known about doing it on your own. Food trail Istanbul will make you feel as local.