State Representative Cesar Blanco also took the stage to say a few words. He noted that the Turkish American community was active not only with their participation culturally and by contributing to the broader dialogue in the United States via numerous organizations, but also with the members’ participation in the political discourse as well, contributing to the solution of problems that are of concern to the public at large.

The guests were particularly happy about the samples of Turkish cuisine which were available to them at the festival. They also enjoyed numerous music and dance performances representing various cultures, as well as live demonstrations of hat and ebru (traditional Turkish arts.)

Mehmet OkunmuƟ, the President of Raindrop Foundation, noted that they held festivals such as these in all cities where they are present, in order to promote Turkish culture and broader cultural exchange. He especially underscored how the organization relied on the volunteers in Austin to organized this event, and thanked them wholeheartedly.