On 13 March 2016, the Queen Victoria Market will be transformed into a traditional Turkish bazaar at the Turkish Pazar Festival. Pazar means both Sunday and market in Turkish. Visitors to the festival will be able to taste a variety of Turkish foods, including everybody's favourite gözleme (savoury stuffed pancakes) and different styles of kebabs. Those wanting a more leisurely start to the day will be able to experience the culinary delights of a traditional Turkish breakfast.
Stalls will provide the opportunity to buy a magic Turkish carpet, colourful lamp or ceramic plate, and the traditional art of paper marbling (ebru) and other arts and crafts will also be on display.
The colourful and inspirational military marching band, the Ottoman Mehter Band of Melbourne, will perform traditional ceremonial music used to inspire troops in battle and celebrate victories.
An all-day stage program (on two stages) will feature special guest performers from Turkey, plus local musical groups and folk dancers.
This all-day Festival is a free, colourful and entertaining event suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Watch a brief video of the 2015 Festival here.