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Michigan Jewish Food Festival
August 26 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PMCost: Free
Metro Detroit is at the forefront of the Jewish Food Movement, which connects food and sustainability with Jewish tradition. Hazon, which promotes Jewish environmental and food justice movements, hosted over 5,000 attendees at the first ever Michigan Jewish Food Festival in 2016 and approximately 6,500 at the 2017 Festival
The day-long 2017 festival was attended by approximately 6,500 people and included:
- Food marketplace featuring emerging entrepreneurs from Food Lab and Kitchen Connect and fresh produce from Detroit growers
- Chef Demos and Tastings: Renowned national chef and author Joan Nathan did a demo on Sephardic recipes from her new book “King Solomon’s Table”; New York’s Gefilteria co-founder Liz Alpern did a demo on Eastern European Ashkenazi recipes, and local Ethiopian Chef Meskerem Gebreyohannes from “Taste of Ethiopia” did a demo on Ethiopian cuisine – in the Community Kitchen in Shed 5 (Chefs demos supervised by Council of Orthodox Rabbis of Metro Detroit)
- 5 Food Trucks and 6 restaurant booths including Truckshuka, Nu Deli, Chef Cari, Green Space Café, Soul Café, Zingermans, The Huron Room, and more
- Speakers’ tent with panels on Jewish Ethics and Eating Meat; Food Projects for Good; Water Issues from Flint, Detroit, and Southeast Michigan; Detroit and Regional Food Policy and Food Sovereignty
- Demo tent for hands-on learning and skill sharing from Single Flower Honey Tasting to Making your own Herbal Teas for Health
- Family and children’s area with animals and workshops
Other programs include an Oral History Story Booth (on the Topsy Turvy Bus) where immigration and food stories were recorded by the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan and the Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archive, free guided walking tours of the Eastern Market, music, and a health area sponsored in part by Henry Ford Medical Systems.