The 17th annual World Pasta Day 2013

Yes, there really is an annual World Pasta Day and this website was created to promote its 17th annual celebration with politicians and culinary experts gathered in Istanbul to discuss the role of pasta in the Turkish economy and as a healthy, sustainable food in one's diet. The site originally provided all the necessary information to attend the "Pasta Congress" held in Istanbul. Once the 2013 World Pasta Day event was over, the site's domain was allowed to expire. Recently I discovered that the domain was available, so I bought it with the goal of recreating as much of its original content as possible from archived pages. I did not want someone else to purchase the domain and re-purpose the site for something that had nothing in common with the original Turkish 2013 World Pasta Day convention website.

I attended this event as a guest of the company I was assisting in some customized app development to address a number of security issues that could not be handled with their current (COTS) commercial off-the-shelf software. My company provides custom web application development services for businesses and organizations that require specialized, industry-specific solutions. Often times, I have found, companies initially purchase commercial off-the-shelf software which appear to suit their needs. Unfortunately one of the problems with having an over the counter software is that the business is now beholden to the manufacturer that created the COTS. I always shudder when I see the disruptions that occur when a company's COTS software is discontinued or requires the business to now purchase an unexpected expensive upgrade. In the worst scenario I have heard of companies going out of business because the down time required to get new programs up and running resulted in too much lost revenue. The custom business and web application development that we do for our clients is actually owned by them. They can keep the programs and tools as long as they like. Custom software development alleviates concerns that the everyday programs a company relies on will suddenly not be available anymore. Once the new custom apps were integrated in their CMS, I had a few days for some R&R before returning to the US. It was during this time I was invited and attended the annual World Pasta Day Congress. It was a great experience.

Although the need for the original site is finished, some of the information on the site was still valid. Nevertheless, I would suggest that you primarily consider the information on this site for its historical value.





Distinguished Guests,

We are celebrating World Pasta Day on the 25th of October.

Pasta is a healthy and natural dish that makes everyone from children to the sports persons smile. Let's make October 25th a memorable day as we celebrate World Pasta Day.

Pasta is an irresistible staple food found in the dietary habits of all civilizations stretching from Ancient Rome to China. Pasta is the leading food of the Turkish Food Industry in terms of the exports figures. Pasta is found as the primary main course at millions of tables. We want to spread the word about the proper cooking techniques and unlimited options of sauces and enrichments available to enhance the basic pasta dish.

World Pasta Week shall commence in Turkey with an event on October 25th entitled “Pasta: The Sustainable, Healthy and Delicious Food.” The event is sponsored by the Turkish Pasta Industrialists Association with contributions from the International Pasta Organization (IPO). The October 25th World Pasta Day has been simultaneously celebrated throughout the world since 1997. During the event we shall discuss all the inaccurate and misleading myths about pasta and disseminate the proper information about this incredible and versatile product.

  1. Pasta is quick and easy to cook.
  2. Pasta, and pasta meals, are delicious.
  3. Pasta, and pasta meals, are nutritious, healthy foods.
  4. Pasta is very flexible and convenient.
  5. Pasta is not an expensive food.
  6. Pasta can be served hot or cold.
  7. Pasta can be served as a main dish or a side dish. It can also be served in soups, salads, and even in desserts!

"Pasta does not Make You Fat"

"Our priority as the producers is to extend food safety and the proper consumption habits regarding pasta. Besides providing an abundance of vitamins and minerals, pasta also has a cholesterol lowering impact due to its zero fat content. Moreover it reduces the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Since it is instantly converted into energy in the metabolism, pasta dishes are the ideal foodstuff for athletes and persons who require physical power for their jobs. But most important of all, consumers should understand that the pasta, in and of itself, does not make you fat.

Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors           Chairman of the Board of Directors

                         Nihat UYSALLI                                                       Murat BOZKURT




Venue of Organization: ÇıraÄŸan Palace Kempinski ÇıraÄŸan Cad.32 BeÅŸiktaÅŸ 34349 Ä°stanbul
Date of Organization:  25 Ekim 2013
Language of Organization: Turkish with a simultaneous translation
Gala Dinner: Sait Halim PaÅŸa Yalısı Köybaşı Cad. No:117 Yeniköy – Ä°stanbul
Congress Web Address:
Exhibition Areas : The exhibition area shall be open to visit on 25th October 2013 between 08:30 - 18:00.




World Pasta Day 2013 celebrations and the IPO Annual General Assembly, will be held in Istanbul (Turkey) on the 25th of October 2013, hosted by TMSD (Turkish Pasta Manufacturers Association).

The IPO AGM and the WPD 2013 Conference "Pasta: the perfect choice for a tasty, healthy and sustainable diet" will take place at the Ciragan Kempinski Palace


8:30 Welcome Coffee/Coffee Break Table

9:30-10:30 International Pasta Organisation Annual General Assembly Meeting (IPO Members only)

10:30-11:00 Welcome & Opening
Moderator: Murat Bozkurt, Chairman of TMSD Board of Directors

Vedat MirmahmutoÄŸulları, Undersecretary of Republic of Turkey Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock Mustafa ErdoÄŸan, Vice President of TMO Å┼żemsi Kopuz, Chairman of TGDF Board of Directors

11:30-12:00 World Durum Wheat Markets Outlook

Chris Gillen, Canadian Wheat Board
Cagatay Maras, Market Monitoring and Evaluation Branch Manager of TMO

12:00-12:30 Pasta Trends and Communication Strategies
Claudio Zanao, President IPO

12:30-13:00 Pasta & Sustainability
Luca Fernando Ruini, Barilla

13:00-15:00 Lunch

15:30-16:30 Pasta & Health
Gulden Pekcan, Hacettepe University, Turkey Sara Baer-Sinnott, Oldways, Boston, US

Coffee break

16:30-17:00 Pasta & Taste
Vedat BaÅŸaran, Culinary expert and Chef, President of Culinary Arts Center (YESAM), Turkish Cultural Foundation

17:00 Closing remarks
Murat Bozkurt, Chairman of TMSD Board of Directors Claudio Zanao, President IPO

19.00 After a mini Bosphorus tour by boat, cocktail and gala dinner at Sait Halim Pasa Yalisi
*Mithat Körler and Latin Group performance at Gala Dinner.

More detailed information on the agenda of the IPO Annual Assembly and the Conference will follow in due course, including registration and hotel booking forms.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Turkey.




Board of Directors and Inspectors of the Association
Murat BOZKURT- Chairman of the Board of Directors
Nihat UYSALLI- Deputy Board of Directors
Kemal CAKMAK& - Accountant Member

Board of Inspectors
Mehmet Unal GOYMEN
Omer AK