It's Friday so it's time for another photo from the Fethiye area. You may have noticed there was no photo last week and this is purely down to the fact that we completely forgot it was Friday! We were too busy with photos from our day out to Xanthos. So, let's get back on track.
For many in Fethiye, this weekend is all about the village of Yeşil Üzümlü as today marks the first day of the three day long, 4th Yeşil Üzümlü Morel Mushroom Festival. This will be the third year in a row we've attended on at least one of the days and, despite the Fethiye weather forecast not being too good over the weekend, the festival is getting more and more popular so we're predicting a busy village. The locals will be hoping so, anyway.
A black and white scene from last year's mushroom festivalThe Yeşil Üzümlü Mushroom Festival is a showcase for the village and sustainable tourism in the area. Local weavers will have their famous dastar creations on show - and the looms on which the dastar is weaved - and as Üzümlü means 'grape,' there will of course be villagers selling their famous homemade red wine of the area. If you're thinking rustic, corked bottles filled with smooth, full-bodied red....wipe away that image and change it to plastic water bottles topped with a wine that goes down well once you've downed the first cup.
And what about the mushrooms? Organised mushroom foraging trips take place throughout the three days, and hopefully, like last year, there will be enough morel mushrooms (kuzu göbeği) around so we can indulge in morel-mushroom-filled gözleme. A street food snack of pure decadence if we were anywhere else in the world - but a tasty, annual treat in Üzümlü.
For more information about the full programme of events and about the festival, you can visit the Kuzu Göbeği website and for now, we'll leave you with a few photos from the 2011 3rd Mushroom Festival. Of course, photos from 2012 will be appearing in upcoming posts soon...