📩 27/11/2022 12:05
Olive saplings met with the soil at the Olive Children's Festival held at the Köstem Olive Oil Museum in Urla with the support of the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality. Disabled children also took part in the event, which is the first festival to center the olive on behalf of children.
With the support of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, the “Olive Children's Festival” was held on 26 November World Olive Day. Disabled children also participated in the festival at the Köstem Olive Oil Museum in Urla in cooperation with the İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Social Projects Department, Disabled Services Branch Directorate. Children who went to Köstem Organic Farm in Nohutalan brought olive seedlings together with the soil. Then he visited the Köstem Olive Oil Museum.
The founders of the museum, Dr. It was hosted by Levent Köstem and his wife Güler Köstem. İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Deputy Mayor Mustafa Özuslu, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Deputy Secretary General Ertuğrul Tugay, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Social Projects Department Head Anıl Kaçar, little ones from İzmir and their families attended the festival.
“They are our future”
Speaking at the festival, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Deputy Mayor Mustafa Özuslu said, “I was incredibly happy when I saw this painting. I saw the sparkle in their eyes as they planted olive trees with the children. Those saplings planted by children are our future, those children are our future. Levent Köstem and his beloved wife left a magnificent work. Köstem Olive Oil Museum is permanent, it is a legacy for the future. I would like to thank Levent brother and his beloved wife a thousand times on behalf of both myself and Izmir Metropolitan Municipality.
“Olive has existed for thousands of years”
Güler Köstem stated that they primarily built the museum for children and said, “I am a retired teacher and I missed the children. I thought if this museum was finished, I could be with the kids. Thank goodness it's over. And the children come here, I'm happy to tell. The purpose of the museum is to tell the story of the olive. When we were children, no one told us the story of the olive. Growing up, I realized that this is a big shortcoming. It's a big shortcoming for this country, for the future. Olives have existed in these lands for a long time. Unfortunately, it is being destroyed for concrete at the moment, but we and especially our children will take care of olives.”
As part of the festival program, activities related to making pizza with olives and oil lamps from clay were held with the students of Yaşar University Gastronomy Department. In addition, the little ones visited the “Touch the Olive” painting exhibition.