The delicious smell of cooking gozleme and kebabs, combined with the sound of traditional Turkish music and the Ottoman Military Marching Band were just some of the things members of the Turkish community enjoyed at the 7th Queen Victoria Market Turkish Pazar Festival. Grand Foods sponsored a Traditional Turkish Breakfast on the day and guests were invited to sample a range of Turkish breakfast food.
Grand Foods tent at the Turkish Pazar Festival.
Feasting at the Traditional Turkish Breakfast.
Held as part of Diversity Week at the Queen Victoria Market on Sunday 23 March, the Pazar was free to attend and stocked some interesting diversions, including the Turkish Magic Shop featuring decorative, traditional lamps, plates, tiles, candles and rugs, while in the background SBS Turkish Radio played their finest upbeat music.
A customer looks at a traditional tile at the Turkish Magic Shop.
The dancing man in the ice cream van provided plenty of amusement for his customers and the tourism tent offered a large range of holiday options for Turkey travel goers. Guest singers and Turkish musicians performed on the stage and the opening ceremony (with speeches) occurred at the start of the afternoon.
Opening ceremony at Turkish Pazar Festival.
This ice cream man was most amusing as he danced and performed with the ice creams.
Food highlights included many choices of freshly cooked gozleme to purchase as well as kebabs and Twisttos (deep fried potato curls on a stick – Korean, not Turkish, but popular at festivals). There was Uludag, tea, olives and Turkish delight at the Grand Foods tent and baklava, tulumba and other fine pastries at the Turkish baked goods tent.
Fresh gozleme was very popular at this event.
Fresh kebabs were also popular.
Baklava, Tulumba and more at the bakery tent.
The Australian Turkish Business Council (ATBC) had some unusual jewellery pieces for sale and every now and again a performer in traditional costume could be spotted in the crowd (they enjoyed posing with the public for photo opportunities).
A performer in the Ottoman Military Band (Mehter) pauses for a photo.
A Turkish music group prepares to play at the Festival.
The Turkish Pazar Festival is held annually and encourages and promotes cultural awareness of Turkish culture in Melbourne. Grand Foods sponsored the Turkish Pazar Festival, along with several others. A Turkish Music People’s Concert was also held during Cultural Diversity Week in Moonee Ponds, featuring local and international musicians.
Grand Foods - Kahvecioglu's Ali Kahveci with members of the Moreland Turkish Association.
A big thank you to the Moreland Turkish Association for organising the event.