Slowfood Halfeti held the Third Annual Fragrance Festival on the banks of the Euphrates River, in the city of Halfeti in southeastern Turkey, with experts joining from all different fields.
A significant part of the program took place online, and the only in-person activity of the festival was the walk on the fragrance trail led by Süleyman Yıldız, a local healer, and academics from Harran University.
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The botanics professors told participants about the early blooming endemic flowers on the trail.
Meanwhile in online sessions, Prof. Dr. Hasan Akan talked about Halfeti's ethno-botanics, Fragrance Specialist Vedat Ozan spoke about the relationship between gastronomy and fragrance, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Önal talked about the musk shop found in the Harran excavations, and Perfumer Bihter Türkan Ergül about the fragrance culture in the Ottoman Empire.
Halfeti has a different microclimate climate than the rest of the region, and many fragrant plants grow in Halfeti as a result of the unique climate and soil factors.
The festival aims to promote the rich fragrance culture of the city known for its black roses in the world and is held every year in the first weeks of March, when the endemic flower Mesopotamia Hyacinth begins to bloom.