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The people await the caravan already at the entrance of the Toktogul Park.
As a welcome, one honors the organizers in front of assembled guests of honor. These are Mr. Aitmamat Kadyrbaev (Mayor of Osh), Mrs. Kimberly A. Rosen (Mission director USAID/Kyrgyz Republic) and Mr. Azamat Zhamankulov (Kyrgyz Deputy Culture Minister). Later, the three named will give speeches. Music sounds over the assembled crowd.
We persuaded the student Muslima, who guides us through the festival, to speak some accompanying words. Thank you very much for that!
Shortly thereafter, we find Stephen Lioy, travel photographer and blogger, Daniel Noll and his wife Audrey Scott (uncornered market) and Kyle Gunther, who have gathered with local exhibitors for a group photo.
But first we visit the stands of the exhibitors.
The delicacies of the region range from bread, pastries and sweets to meat and fruit to complete dishes.
A short time later, we meet Abdullaev Atabek from Destination Osh, one of the organizers of the festival and Nasiba Nurmatove from USAID BGI. Abdullaev Atabek will guide us on a tour of Osh the next day.
After the ceremonial speeches, we attend the singing and dancing performances. We show this in a separate video (Osh Fest, Singing and Dancing).
Muslima then kindly leads us through the craft stalls. Everything the region has to offer is exhibited, from clothes, hats and shoes to musical instruments, knives, paintings, books and carpets up to handicraft art.
As we make our way back to the hotel, the exhibits at the entrance of the park are already removed.
In the evening we are invited to the recommended Cafe Atabek on Lenin Avenue. But given the fact that we have already eaten a lot at the festival, we only take a shashlik with bread. This specialty of the house tasted delicious.
Muslima tells us a tip of a colleague. If you eat the fat with onions in the bread and drip it with vinegar, it is also digestible for a European stomach.
From the outside, the Café and restaurant is overgrown with greenery and constantly sprinkled with water which creates a cool atmosphere.
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Disclosure: Our trip was organized in cooperation with Discover Kyrgyzstan, and made possible by the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). All opinions are our own.
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