Oceanwide Properties are one of the proud sponsors of the Uzumlu Mushroom Festival that’s taking place this Friday 6th, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th April. With our office right in the heart of the action, just across from the central mosque, please do pop along and see us if you are in the area.
This year we are happy to be letting Aminal Care Uzumlu use the space front of our office to sell goods and raise money for their wonderful cause. The charity does fabulous work in the area helping local street animals and sick and injured cats and dogs. Please be sure to come along and support them at the event.
10th Annual Uzumlu Mushroom Festival 2018
This is the 10th annual morel mushroom festival to be held in Uzumlu and it promises to be bigger, busier and even better than previous years.
Fethiye Municipality has been hard at work organising three action packed days full of music, dance, talks, entertainment and, of course, mushrooms. For those unfamiliar with Uzumlu, it’s normally a sleepy, fairly traditional village 20 minutes inland from Fethiye. Tucked into a deep mountain valley surrounded by pine forest, it’s a wonderful place to retreat to during the long summer days should you ever fancy a break from the busy nearby tourist resorts. In springtime, when the village is at it’s best, the abundance of wild mushrooms found in the surrounding forest and hillsides gives the community the chance to come together and celebrate.
A little about morel mushrooms – Why the festival?
Wild morel mushrooms, or kuzugobegi in Turkish, are a delicacy prized by chefs and gourmets across the globe. Each springtime thousands of morel enthusiasts take to the forests and countryside morel hunting, or molly mooching as it’s sometimes referred. These distinctive, honeycomb headed fungi are a treasured find across Turkey, the US, Canada, China, Cyprus and the Med and found in abundance at this time of year in the forests and valleys surrounding Uzumlu. The annual mushroom festival highlights the morel harvest and also gives the local community a wonderful chance to dance and celebrate with the whole of central Uzumlu and some of the neighbouring villages abuzz with activity with plenty to see and do for the entire family.
FRIDAY. The festival officially kicks off at 3 pm with an opening ceremony followed by music and entertainment and a speech by the Mayor of Fethiye, Behcet Saatci at 3.30pm. Performances by local schools will take place until the fabulous Morel Mushroom Soup is served between 4.15pm and 4.3-pm. There will be a photographic exhibition, speeches, kids shows, face painting and activities throughout the afternoon and evening with a concert starting at 7 pm until 10pm.
SATURDAY: The day starts with organised groups of dedicated mushroom hunters heading out into the hills around Cadianda on a quest to find morels (mushrooms) from 10 am. Meanwhile, various speeches and talks will take place throughout the afternoon as well as school cookery competitions, shows, sporting events, photography exhibition, dancing and kids face painting. A varied line up of live music performances and concerts can be enjoyed from midday until 10 pm.
SUNDAY: Mushroom hunts will again take place from 11 am until 2 pm. In the village, more exhibitions, speeches music and live performances will start from 12.30 onwards. The event will come to an end in true style with a closing concert from 8 pm until 10 pm with famous Turkish popular singer, Koray Avci, who Oceanwide Properties have helped sponsor to attend the festival.
To view the full program, please see here.
DO COME ALONG AND SEE US – IT’S SURE TO BE A GREAT WEEKEND!
If you are planning to come to the festival this weekend, do make sure you come along and see the Oceanwide Properties team at our office opposite the mosque. Suleyman, Hulya, Vanessa and Sam will all be attending the event and will be happy to have a chat and offer a few nibbles and cay should you be in the area.
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