New Delhi: Aiming to bridge the cultural gap with India, Turkey has recently launched a Food Festival in New Delhi.

The event, which was inaugurated by Turkish Ambassador Burak Akcapar and Culture and Tourism Counselor Ozgur Ayturk at Hotel Le Meridien on April 19, is being organized by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Turkey.

The week long event will conclude on April 25.

Turkish cuisine is largely the heritage of Ottoman cuisine, can be described as a fusion and refinement of Central Asian, Middle Eastern and Balkan cuisines. The Ottomans fused various culinary traditions of their realm with influences from Middle Eastern cuisines, along with traditional Turkic elements from Central Asia, creating a vast array of specialties — many with strong regional associations.

Le Meridien and the Embassy have brought in distinguished cooks from Turkey to make the event a big success.

The ongoing Food Festival is a part of the initiative taken by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to integrate the cultures of Turkey and India that have co-existed for centuries together.