The Ottawa Turkish Festival gets into full swing next weekend, but people can whet their appetites for all things Turkish starting this weekend.

Documentary screenings at the Ottawa Public Library, cuisine demonstrations, a flag raising ceremony and various language classes at the Turkish Cultural Centre start as soon as this Saturday as part of the Ottawa Turkish Festival, which puts on its main event next weekend, July 24 and 25.

Held at Confederation Park, the festival features Youth Folk Dance and Music Ensemble of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism from the Republic of Turkey, who will be performing the Whirling Dervish and numerous other dances.

Art enthusiasts can watch everything from ceramic, Ebru (water marbling), calligraphy and henna demonstrations.

Turkish cuisine offerings include kababs, donairs, gözleme, baklava and Turkish delight.

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