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Published on Nov 15, 2010
This year's festival will feature demonstrations of art, movie, henna tent, folk dances, music, and gourmet food, where not only Houstonians but also Texans will get the opportunity to celebrate, learn, and savor Turkic hospitality, culture, heritage, and cuisine. It is a fun day for the whole family. Without leaving the comfort of the Hermann Square, visitors will vividly experience Turkic Cultures together with the participants from Turkey, Turkic countries and Turkic-Americans living in the other cities of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kansas and Mississippi. They will be able to browse and buy souvenirs and handicrafts, find travel information, participate in activities for their families, view many authentic demonstrations and performances, sample Turkic cuisine, and do much more. Last year, the festival hosted over 22,000 people, and this year the committee is expecting over 35,000 attendees. Previous years, the committee hosted many honorable dignitaries like Congressman Al Green, Congressman Gene Green, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Sheriff Adrian Garcia, Council Member Melissa Noriega, Former Kemah Mayor Bill King, Consul General of Turkey Akil Oktem, Ali Findik. Consul General of Pakistan Mohammedmian Soomro, and Vice Consul General of Turkey.