For the seventh year running there will be a Morel Mushroom Festival held in Yeşilüzümlü this year.

Morel mushroom festival üzümlü

Fethiye Municipality will be organising the event and from 10th -12th April there

will be a chance to hunt for, learn about and eat these delicious wild fungi.

Morel mushroom festival üzümlü

There will also be opportunities  to taste and buy other local foods, while listening to music,

watching local folk dancing and other Turkish delights.

Turkish folk dancing in üzümlü

Morel mushroom festival üzümlü

Lost in translation?

The morel or Morchella esculenta is ‘Kuzugöbeği’ in Turkish. The word translates as lambs’ bellies or perhaps umbilicus,

and in a way they do look a bit like small, wrinkly intestines, but perhaps it’s better not to dwell on that!

Whatever the case, these are considered to be a relatively rare, highly prized and very delicious delicacy.

Morel mushroom festival üzümlü

A morel maze 

In the village of green grapes, which is the literal translation of Yeşilüzümlü, life usually runs at a slower pace.

However, this alpine district of Fethiye acquires an almost Bacchanalian energy during the three-day festival.

Morel mushroom festival üzümlü

Üzümlü will fill with experts, enthusiasts and aficionados, who will share their passion for mushrooms, and

sell their wares at scores of stalls with local people cooking delicious foods and selling local produce on their doorsteps

in and around the village streets.

Morel mushroom festival üzümlü


An annual event

As Yeşilüzümlü is now a district of Fethiye, the three-day festival is being organised by the town’s

municipality, but it can be assumed that the well established structure from previous years will

continue to be used to celebrate the delicious and much prized mushroom that grows in abundance

at this time of year in the region’s forests.

Morel mushroom festival üzümlü

7th Yeşilüzümlü and region Morel Mushroom Festival Programme

10th, 11th and 12th April 2015

April 10, 2015/1st Day

14:30 to 15:30

> Official opening
> Drums event
> Fethiye Municipality Band Concert
> Official Welcome
> Dr. Mustafa IŞILOĞLU – Muğla University Faculty of Science: Biology Department
> Art and Essay contest with prize giving
> Yeşilüzümlü Primary School – Secondary School folklore show
> Traditional Mushroom Soup Break

15:30 to 16:30

> Magical World of Discovery and Mushroom Kingdom – Daniel BUTLER (Wales) – Bill O’DEA (IRELAND)
> Medical uses for mushrooms – Yar. Assoc. Dr. Hakan ALL (Muğla University Faculty of Science Department of Biology – Biology Department)

16:30 to 18:30

> Children Entertainment
> Wizard Shows – Face painting and children’s games

18:30 to 20:00

> Local Artist Activities
> Local Tastes – Dastar and Photography Exhibition – Live Performances

21:00 to 23:30


> Adam KAZAN

April 11, 2015 / 2nd Day

10:00 to 12:30

> Mushroom Hunt (Cadianda region)

10:00 to 11:30

> Local wine-growing and viticulture Panel (Mustafa TEMMİMHAN)

12:30 to 14:30

> Cadianda Antique City Events,
> Women’s Running Competition in the Netherlands Traditional Ancient Sports (Children, Teens, Adults)

14:30 to 15:30

> Cadianda Music Concert (Flute – Violia’s – Saxophone)

16:00 to 16:30

> Panel on mushrooms identification (from the morning’s hunt)
> Truffles – Assoc. Dr. St. TÜRKOĞLU (Mugla University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology, Department of Biology)

17:00 to 6:00 p.m

> Dastar: Fashion Show
> Dastar: weaving and uses – Professor Dr. Feriha AKPINAR
(Gazi University Research and Application Manager Turkish Handcrafts) Yar. Assoc. Dr. Songül KURU

18:00 to 19:00

> Festival Cuisine
> Yeşilüzümlü and Region Awarded Cooking Competition

19:00 to 20:00

> Festival Activities: Local Tastes – Dastar and painting exhibitions

>Performances: Yeşilüzümlü Primary School – Secondary School Group – shows

21:00 to 23:30



April 12, 2015 / 3rd Day

10:00 to 11:30

> Pipes and Drums / Davul ve Zurna (traditional Turkish music)

11:00 to 14:00

> Mushroom Hunt (Kizilbel – Geyran Mountain)

11:30 to 12:30

> wine-growing and wine-making Fieldwork

> Link Breeding, vineyard pruning, vintage, Winemaking

11:00 to 17:00

> Children Entertainment
> Children’s Theater, Face Painting and wizard show

15:00 to 17:00

> Yeşilüzümlü and Award Winning Wine Region Competition

17:00 to 17:30

> Panel
> ‘Past to Present’ A History of Lycia: Orhan ÇELEN

17:30 to 19:00

> Dast Museum Visit – to do the Exhibition

19:00 to 20:00

> Festival Activities
> Local Tastes – Dast and painting exhibitions – Live Performances

21:00 – -23: 30

Turkish Folk Music Concert

> Tahsin DURU 


Morel mushroom festival üzümlü