The “Turkish Cultures and Children’s Festival” is the fourth biggest festival of the State of Texas. Visitors had a chance to witness rich cultural heritage from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Houston festival was attended by high level officials from both Turkey and the United States. Among the visitors of the festival were Justice and Development (AK) Party deputies Ali Bayramoglu and Orhan Erdem, Mayor of Yildirim
town of the province of Bursa Ozgen Keskin, Turkish Consul General in Houston Akil Oktem, Indonesian ConsulGeneral in Houston Al Busyra Basnur representatives from the U.S. Congress Al Green and Sheila Jackson Lee and Mayor of Houston Annise Parker.
The festival included games for children, puppet shows, competitions and cultural activities. The festival also had an Ottoman tent, a model of the Sultanahmet Mosque, and samples from Turkish ceramics and carpets.
Visitors of the festival enjoyed Turkish traditional folk dances as they tasted samples from the Turkish cuisine, including kebaps, doner, baklava and Turkish delight as well as Turkish coffee.