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Apr 4, 2009 08:26 AM

Anatolian (Turkish) Food Festival in Orange County Today-Tomorrow

For any of you who enjoy Greek/Yugoslavian/Turkish food, today and tomorrow (4/4 & 4/5/09) are the last two days of the Anatolian Festival at the Orange County Fairgrounds. I spent time there yesterday and was so impressed with the entire fair, the size, the amount of work, and the scope of their undertaking as a first-time venture. The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admnission is $10 / $8 for seniors / parking $5. There are about 30-40 food booths with Turkish food, shish-ka-bobs, baked goods, many made with filo dough, sweet and savory, "sticky" ice cream served with a flare you've never seen before using a saber, many vegetarian items, and two booths that are mini-grocery stores with lots of interesting food items to take home. Food prices are very reasonable and portions good-sized. My friend and I had chicken and lamb kabobs which were excellent along with other foods we sampled as we walked. There are music and dance presentations, gift items to buy, travel information, and much more. Be sure to see the star of the show - a white cat with one green and one blue eye, a special breed of Turkish cat, who walks around the grounds unleashed like it owns the place. My friend and I bought beautiful Murano glass pendants for only $5. A fair not to be missed, all outdoors.

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