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Creative City of Gastronomy

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Gaziantep, City of Gastronomy

Turkey's southeastern province of Gaziantep has been added to the list in UNESCO's Creative Cities Network as a creative city of gastronomy in 2015. Gaziantep is well known for its long and vibrant gastronomic history.

Gaziantep, Creative City of Gastronomy

Gaziantep stands out as one of the world's major gastronomic cities as it has been included in UNESCO Creative Cities Network. It is not just history, it is a vibrant gastronomy.

Gaziantep cuisine is very rich, ranging from kebabs, meat dishes, dishes with yoghurt, olive oil dishes, desserts, pilafs, vegetable dishes, meatballs, pastries, salads, and stuffed vegetables to soups. Also, beverage culture is one of the main parts of the food culture.

Gaziantep is the first gastronomy city of Turkey, only eight cities had been added to UNESCO's gastronomy list from around the world until Gaziantep's inclusion.

Cultural Gaziantep Cuisine

The cuisine of Gaziantep is acknowledged to be the richest in Turkey, and visitors will savour its fusion of Anatolian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern tastes. The strength of Gaziantep's cooking tradition comes from the land. Cooking is an art in Gaziantep, you must come to this city to taste the endless tastes of the gastronomic city.

Facts and Figures;

  • Gaziantep Baklava is certified with European Union Protected Geographical Indication label.
  • Gaziantep Pistachios is considered as the green gold of the region.
  • Gaziantep is the winner of European Destinations of Excellence award under the theme tourism and local gastronomy.
  • There are more than 400 dishes in Gaziantep. 291 of them have already been registered as the official dishes of culture.
  • The city also organize an International Festival of Gastronomy, Kitchens in Districts project and Atelier Without Obstacles project.

Unesco World Heritage Sites of Turkey

Cultural Cuisine, Gaziantep