Hatay

 

 

About the Creative City:

Situated in the southern region of Turkey, at the heart of the Amik valley, the Metropolitan City of Hatay acknowledges a multicultural identity inherited from its location on the ancient Silk Road. Hatay served as the opening gate for the Silk Road to the Mediterranean and has been the centre of spice trade for centuries. It is said that 13 world civilizations have influenced and shaped its gastronomic identity with cuisines from the Middle East, Anatolia and the Mediterranean. With its mild climate, the region encompasses an extremely rich flora, allowing for the growth of medicinal and aromatic plants, an industry which now provides 60% of Hatay’s GDP.

Hatay City Council co-organises, along with associations and NGOs, many gastronomy themed festivals and events to promote the diverse local food culture and agriculture, including the Hatay Agriculture Fair and the Hatay Künefe Festival. Considering gastronomy as a tool for social inclusion, the city undertakes several initiatives to empower women by creating new employment opportunities. In addition, with the strong support of the Municipality, the Down Café was established in 2016 to create socially inclusive employment, with all employees being people with disabilities and volunteer mothers.

Contribution to the network

As a Creative City of Gastronomy, Hatay envisages:

  • establishing an agri-food park driven by a community of farmers, women, suppliers, retailers, in order to increase professional opportunities in the gastronomy field;
  • holding the Food Academy, which will provide knowledge transfer, cooperative opportunities and certification programmes for chefs and professionals;
  • forming collaborations with chefs and students of gastronomy-related fields from other Creative Cities through the Hatay Food project and the Food Academy;
  • organising the World Gastronomy Culinary Exposition; a cross-cutting event featuring other UCCN cities; and
  • empowering refugee women and children through mentoring and training in agri-food and gastronomy-related businesses

Facts and figures

Area:

5 545 km²

Inhabitants:

City 1 253 726

Temperature: 

ø January °C 12

ø July °C 25

Certifications:

Designated Unesco Creative City since 2017
Second city of gastronomy in Turkey

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Established Hatay gastronomy house, 2018

What’s on?

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About Hatay

Contact

Omer Faruk Celebi

UNESCO Hatay City of Gastronomy Focal Point

gastronomy@hatay.bel.tr

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