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The Turkish Cultural Foundation’s Culinary Arts Center – YESAM (Yemek Sanatlari Merkezi), with the guidance of Ibrahim Canbulat, is pleased to present a cultural and culinary journey to Safranbolu, the city named after the famed spice; saffron.
With its mansions constructed in a uniquely Ottoman style on the mountain slopes, a canyon that passes through the middle of the city, narrow streets and a historical marketplace, Safranbolu is one of Turkey’s most enchanting towns.
Saffron, which has given the city its name, is one of the most expensive spices in the world. The saffron grown in Safranbolu is known to have a stronger aroma than those grown in Iran or India. Saffron is used for medicinal purposes as well as in cooking. In Ottoman cuisine saffron is used in both sweet and savoury dishes.
In order to find out more about saffron and to witness its harvest, we will rise early and visit the saffron fields. Ibrahim Canbulat has been researching the culinary culture of Karabuk and the villages surrounding Safranbolu, to revive old recipes on the verge of disappearing.
The tour will also take us to the famous ‘Yoruk’ village, with at least 750 years of history. Turkey’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs Ismail Cem, the Turkish fashion designer Cemil Ipekci and one of 20th century’s most important Turkish sopranos Leyla Gencer’s families all originated from this village.
The tour will be guided in Turkish. However, English speaking YESAM staff will accompany the tour and a full time translator can be provided for an additional cost.