Photos+Video: Turkish Tastes Festival Comes To Ghana

A nine-day Turkish Tastes Festival is here in Ghana, hosting over 50 companies nationwide and exhibiting more than 500 products from August 11 to 19, to commemorate Ghanaians’ love for Turkish tastes.

The event starts with a 9-day caravan tour on the principal streets of Accra to bring Turkish tastes to the doorsteps of many Ghanaians. The caravan will be situated at the Accra Mall taxi rank, in front of the Osu branch of Compu Ghana, in front of National Theatre, East Legon Unibank, and other prime locations.

The festival will host a dinner and exhibition at the Labadi Beach Hotel, bringing together businessmen from both Ghana and Turkey to discuss business opportunities, amidst enjoying Turkish taste.

Speaking on the event, Chairman of Southeast Anatolian Cereals, Pulses, Oil Seeds and Products Exporters’ Association, Mr. Mahsum Altunkaya said:

“The festival will serve as a platform for investors and entrepreneurs to meet and discuss investment opportunities in both Ghana and Turkey. Pasta, bulgur, pulses and vegetable oils would give birth to more business deals for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and larger corporations.”

Mr. Altunkaya called on Ghanaians and other nationals to be at the respective locations to have a taste of Turkey.

“Bulgur is the future of food, thanks to its attributes—long shelf-life, resistance to microorganisms, insects; rich in vitamins, minerals, and folic acid; it also helps prevent intestinal cancer, good for pregnant women and the elderly,” he said. “Bulgur is rich in dietary fibre, supports brain development for children and good for diabetics.”

Explaining the specialty of Turkish delicacies, Mr. Altunkaya said the pasta industry of Turkey is found in the world’s A-class league of high quality, high protein, high transparency and good aroma.-+

“Aside pasta, Turkey is also capital of vegetable oils. There are a lot of high-tech factories to process different vegetable oils. In the vegetable oils plants, food safety, quality control and new product development are widely important issues. In these plants, sunflower, canola, soybean, corn oils etc. are produced and exported all over the world.”

Turkey, as a bridge between Black Sea, Mediterranean, Middle East, Africa, Silk Road, Europe and Asia, enjoys geopolitics and logistic positioning.

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