Skip to Content

Turkish Food – Camel Sausage

Share this article

Today was the 2nd Karaçulha Camel Wrestling Festival, just up the road from where we live.

With just a nominal entrance fee and proceeds going towards the local school, we would have been negligent not to go again.

Last year, we entered the ‘arena’ (read ‘spare land’) with trepidation and a little excitement at being able to witness an Aegean Turkish tradition we had never before seen.

And we’d heard there could be camel sausage served up too…

Camel Wrestling, Turkey
The camels are huge beasts

Last year, we were all shocked and surprised that there would be camel wrestling in Fethiye.

So, when we wrote the post, we were fascinated by the actual camel wrestling bouts.

However, this year, we found ourselves talking about what we were going to eat once inside.

When we got out of the car, the majesty of these beasts still took me aback.

They command your appreciation and attention – especially when they’re all waiting in the car parking area.

Et Tava And Köfte
Lots of foods on offer at the camel wrestling events

We arrived early so, once inside, the food stalls, all using charcoal barbecues to grill their meats, were only just beginning to cook for the expected crowds.

The stall above was cooking red meat, which, when fried up and placed in a half bread, resembled tantuni kebab.

We guess it was çoban kavurma, of the type served at Kırkpınar Restaurant in the mountains above Fethiye.

Köfte was also widely available.

Camel Sausage, Deve Sucuk
Deve sucuk – spicy camel sausage – for sale at the camel wrestling event

Tempting as the kavurma and köfte looked, especially once the smoky, charcoaled, meaty aromas were wafting through the air around us, we hadn’t come for that.

Eating Camel Sausage

We were there for the sucuk. But when you go to a camel wrestling event, it isn’t dana sucuk (beef sucuk) that gets placed between your half-bread for your enjoyment.

No. This is camel wrestling.

These food stands are specialising in deve sucuk. A spicy sausage of cured camel sausage. That was what we came for; a camel sausage half-bread.

We all had half an eye on the food stands while we were watching the camel wrestling bouts and were trying to work out what exactly was going on. Food simplicity is always the best.

Eventually, our friend looked at his watch and suggested going for some food. It must have been on all of our minds because, without speaking, we were at one of the food stands in no time.

Camel Sausage Half Bread
Camel sausage – heaven in a half bread

Long slithers of camel sausage were browning and sizzling over the hot coals beside grilled köfte. We ordered 4 half-breads of deve sucuk.

With impressive deftness, the half breads were cut through the middle and placed bread-side down on the griddle to soak up previous meat juices.

Within seconds it was scooped from the griddle. A generous serving of deve sucuk was dropped between the slices. Then salad and crisp, strong-tasting, raw onion was thrown over the top…

Wrapping Up

The bread was slapped closed and paper was wrapped around the bottom before being thrust into our waiting hands. Money was taken, change was given. The whole process took less than a minute.

You can’t see in the photos, but the guy in the blue shirt was turning sucuk and köfte with his right hand. His left hand was gripping a wadge of notes as he was also in charge of the monetary transactions.

Verdict: Camel Sausage is highly recommended, especially when it’s as spicy as ours was!! Good value all round!

Share this article

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Saturday 30th of January 2016

found camel sausage and camel kafta at the supermarket in Juffair, Bahrain. Both were excellent

Jack Scott

Wednesday 23rd of January 2013

One hump or two? ;-)


Thursday 9th of February 2012

found out of a company making chocolate out of camel milk; is camel going to be the next "in" meat?

Turkey's For Life

Wednesday 8th of February 2012

@ Sarah: No, we've never tasted camel milk either. Wonder if it tastes really different? The sucuk was lovely and we're curious as to what a steak would taste like. The camel wrestling was good - funny because they don't want to fight, most of them so not a lot happens. :)


Wednesday 8th of February 2012

I never tasted camel meat before or even camel milk, would love to try one day. Camel wrestling season seems pretty exciting

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.