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Two days left to enjoy traditional tastes at the Chicago Turkish Festival

Turkey may not exactly be a word in the vocabulary of your vegetarian diet, but that still does not mean that you can’t enjoy Turkish cuisine, culture, and entertainment. A hotbed for the exploration of cultures around the world, Chicago is now in the middle of the premier celebration of the country of Turkey – the Chicago Turkish Festival. For only two more days (Tuesday, May 25, and Wednesday, May 26), Chicago will be hosting an array of authentic Turkish food and sweets, souvenirs, information, and cultural exhibitions. Located in the Daley Plaza downtown (50 W Washington), the 8th annual Chicago Turkish Festival will run from 10:00am till 6:00pm daily, and admission is free.

Turkish cuisine is both fresh and vegetarian friendly and features many Mediterranean specialties such as salads, hummus, piyaz (a bean salad), and babaganush (smoked eggplant mixture). In addition to great vegetarian selections, you can also satiate your sweet tooth with Turkish waffles, orchid ice cream, baklava, or sugary Turkish delight. Sample local cuisine from Istanbul Market (in Mt. Prospect), Efes Café, Istanbul Restaurant, and Turquoise Restaurant and Café. Explore Turkish culture and learn how you can incorporate Turkish dishes into your vegetarian lifestyle while also enjoying a unique set of performances (whirling dervishes anyone?) all while on your lunch break!

Chicago Turkish Festival 
Festival Booths are open between 10:00 am - 6:00 pm daily
50 W. Washington Street
Chicago 60602

Admission is Free
Website: http://www.chicagoturkishfestival.com

Schedule of Events:
May 25, 2010, Tuesday
(Center stage performances between 12:00-2:00 pm)
12:00 pm Fashion Show, Folk Dances, Whirling Dervishes
1:00 pm Festival Music Ensemble & Lama Jamal

May 26, 2010, Wednesday
(Center stage performances between 12:00-2:00 pm)
12:00 pm Fashion Show, Folk Dances, Whirling Dervishes
1:00 pm Festival Music Ensemble & Lama Jamal
1:45 pm CLOSING CEREMONY

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