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Silk Road Festival a smooth one in Stafford

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The first ever Silk Road Festival wrapped up Sunday in Stafford. The special four-day event featuring food, art, music and dance brought together hundreds of people from six countries.

There were lots of sound effects and facial expressions coming from the food area of the Silk Road Festival today.

"It's one of the best festivals I have ever been to in Houston. It's just so delicious, I like it," said a visitor.

"I could say we have eggplant, carrot, Lebanese salad which is made from yogurt, we have a Russian salad. It's fun, I actually enjoy explaining it because I would love to explain my culture to other people especially the food because we have a common thing and it's food," said Muleyke, a chef from Turkey.

Visitors were introduced to the ethnic, cultural and historic bonds shared by far-away nations....

"We brought over 200 professional artists from the 6 countries here, traditional folk dancers, musicians and even the chef from these countries," said Mahmet Okumus, organizer of the festival.

"I got a beautiful scarf, It's so lovely, I know I'm going to look gorgeous in this," said visitor Indir McNeilly.

"I wanted to learn more about this part of the world and so fascinating part of the world that was hidden for so long under the Russian umbrella and now it's blossoming and you can hear the singing and the dancing," said visitor Harriet Halkyard.

"We're hoping the people visiting this festival will understand that even though we're different, at the end, we're all the same," said Okumus.

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