I was invited to an event hosted by Thomas Cook Airlines earlier this week, which was designed to explore the 5 Senses Of Turkey: sight, scent, sound, touch and taste. It was held at Paradise By Way Of Kensal Green, a pretty perfect location given its decor fitting in with the Turkish theme.
I started off by heading over to the scent section after spotting all of the pretty glass bottles. Each bottle contained a different essential oil, spice or syrup that you would find in a Turkish Bazaar such as rose water, myrrh and sandalwood to name a few.
We were accompanied by Turkish instrumental music all evening, which gave the event an authentic feel and set the scene. For sight, there were hats and belly dancer props to dress up in, which all looked amazing.
There were a couple of different options to taste, such as wine tasting. I only went for the white and it was lovely, fruity and fresh. There was also a rosé and two red wines on offer. Platters of mezze were dotted around showing off traditional Turkish flavours and spices and lastly three different Turkish inspired cocktails were being served at the bar. I tried the Gin cocktail with Galliano, orange blossom, pomegranate and mint and for someone who never drinks gin, I liked it!
The touch station featured two ladies teaching us how to make our own face or body scrub, which can be recreated at home using ingredients you can probably find in your cupboards. I went for the coffee body scrub, something that I probably wouldn’t usually think to add and I’m looking forward to giving it a go.
Since I’ve never been to Turkey before, the event gave me a good taster and I wouldn’t mind visiting sometime soon. I have my eye on Antalya and its Turquoise Coast and Düden Waterfalls! ;-) I would love to trawl through all the treasures a Turkish Bazaar has to offer and get to experience the feast of all 5 senses for myself.
A few images are courtesy of Thomas Cook and you can check out their post of the event for more information.