Things To Do

Turkish Festival in Fort Lauderdale: Food, Dance, Cooking Demos

The sixth-annual Turkish Festival is bringing traditional costume, dance, and food to Huizenga Plaza (Bubier Park) this weekend.

The event, sponsored by the Anatolia Center, is turning downtown Fort Lauderdale into a microcosm of Turkey, complete with an entire two-day schedule of Turkish dancing, music, food, and art.

Guests can enjoy Turkish food like gyros, shish kebob, and simit (a

Turkish bagel loaded with nutty sesame seeds).  Take a breaks with some

Turkish coffee or tea with some baklava.

Interactive cooking

classes will teach you how to make dishes like manti, yogurt with hot

pepper and melted butter and lahmacun, a flatbread topped with spiced

ground meat.

Kids activities include face painting, cotton candy making, and a free bounce house.


festival runs from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. today, Saturday, February 18 and

from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, February 19. Admission is $5.

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