Malatya cuisine and gastronomy attracted great attention at the Gastro Show, which opened its doors to visitors with the slogan of 7 cities, 7 regions, 7 countries in Istanbul.
Malatya cuisine and gastronomy attracted great attention at the Gastro Show, which opened its doors to visitors with the slogan of 7 Cities, 7 Regions, 7 Countries in Istanbul. Malatya Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Oguzhan Ata Sadikoglu said, “Malatya apricots are exported to 115 countries and foreign currency inflows of up to $1 billion are provided to the country. An official application has been made for Malatya to be included in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the field of gastronomy. Malatya cuisine and gastronomy deserves to go beyond the borders and open up to the world.”
The Gastro Show event, which was held in partnership with the Tourism Media Group and the Gastronomy Tourism Association (GTD) and opened its doors to its visitors yesterday, has turned into a race of cities and cuisines in Istanbul. The Malatya stand, which was established within the scope of the event, which hosted a wide range of exhibitor and visitor profiles from different segments of the gastronomy industry with the motto “7 Cities, 7 Regions, 7 Countries”, attracted great attention from the visitors.
Malatya Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Oguzhan Ata Sadikoglu said that the stand, where many local flavors of Malatya, especially Malatya apricot with EU geographical indication certificate, were promoted and served, was full.
Sadikoglu stated that they offered different and delicious products such as Malatya lambkebab in curl paper, cherry leaf meatballs, stuffed meatballs, anali kizli, eggplant pan, Malatya cookies, Malatya cheese, apricot kernel coffee to the visitors at the Malatya stand. He noted that they are one of the provinces with rich cuisine in Turkey.
WITH APRICOT EXPORTS TO 115 COUNTRIES, OUR COUNTRY IS PROVIDED $1 BILLION A YEAR IN EXCHANGE INPUT
Sadikoglu said, “Our Malatya is one of the important cities not only of our region but also of our country with its history, nature, industry, gastronomy and unique cultural heritage. Malatya is also a city with Anatolian hospitality. As Malatya, our most important product is apricot. In Malatya, where there are approximately 8 million apricot trees, more than 50 thousand families earn their living from apricots. Malatya apricots, which we export to 115 countries, provide foreign currency inflows of up to $1 billion per year to our country with both direct exports from Malatya and exports from different provinces.”
OFFICIAL APPLICATION HAS BEEN MADE FOR MALATYA TO BE INCLUDED IN THE UNESCO CREATIVE CITIES NETWORK IN THE AREA OF GASTRONOMY
Sadikoglu said, “Actually, we have many geographically marked products together with apricot. These products are an actor in our gastronomy destination. Gastronomy has become one of the important global trends that accelerate the tourism sector. An official application has been made for Malatya to be included in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the field of gastronomy. Malatya cuisine and gastronomy deserves to go beyond borders and open up to the world. When we look at today, we get 30% of our country’s tourism income from gastronomy tourism. As we develop the gastronomic culture of our province, we also increase the economic mobility. As Malatya TSO, we take responsibility for this issue, we are fighting.”
PEOPLE ARE NOW LOOKING FOR LOCAL FLAVORS
Stating that the commercial life will reach the vitality they desire with the acceleration of gastronomic tourism in the city, Sadikoglu said, “While the world is globalizing on the one hand, we see that local products are gaining in value on the other hand. People are now looking for different tastes. They miss the taste of the place where they grew up and where they were born. For this reason, we care about such fairs and organizations in order to turn the product variety in our province into commercial opportunities.”
Source. Sabah / Translated by Irem Yildiz