Sydney is known as a city of “villages” and its thriving multiculturalism has revitalized many suburbs. Haberfield and Leichhardt are known as our ‘Little Italy’, in Petersham you can find all things Portuguese and the list goes on. Today we were introduced to the vibrant suburb of Auburn and its warm and welcoming Turkish community, courtesy of the lovely Serap and Serpil of Sydney’s Gourmet Safaris. Starting with a Turkish coffee our charming guides shared traditional ingredients, recipes and the stories of their families and histories – with lots of hearty laughs along the way. We sampled many delicacies as went from emporiums to bakeries and butchers. We finished up with a magnificent Turkish feast, the highlight being a very large scoop of thick, luscious mulberry ice cream! We had a wonderful day with our cheerful guides and we’ll definitely be back to pick up some apple tea, sour cherry juice and all manner of other delicious finds!!
One of the best ways to learn about a new culture is via its cooking. For anyone wanting to experience the many varied cultures that contribute to the rich diversity of Sydney, pop on your walking shoes, bring your appetite and log onto www.gourmetsafaris.com.au.