İstanbul is an international art and cultural center. The International Arts and Cultural Festival is held each year in June and July with famous artists coming from all over the world. These performances are held mostly at the Atatürk Cultural Center.
Different techniques are used in preparing food for winter. Peppers, aubergines, tomatoes, apples, plums and mulberries are dried in order to be used in food and desserts for the winter.
Some foods and beverages, peculiar to special days and which have a symbolic meaning although they take much more time to prepare, are part of Turkish cuisine.
Nutritional habits are shaped according to the prevalent cultural – geographical – ecological – economic characteristics and features and the historical process.