Jewish food fest is back
by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2013-02-04
This year's Gefiltefest - the UK's only Jewish food festival - is set to take place in London on Sunday May 19th, with tickets for the event on sale now.
The festival - now in its fourth year - will take place at Ivy House, now the home of the London Jewish Cultural Centre, and will feature a range of talks, discussions, demonstrations and other activities aimed at all age groups.
Highlights will include an Ashkenazi v Sephardi cook-off, cooking demonstrations from a host of Jewish chefs, and a chocolate portrait-making session for younger visitors. Among the guests will be author Francesca Segal - whose book The Innocents recently won the Costa Book Of The Year award for best first novel - discussing the role food plays in the story. And Rabbi Harvey Belovski of Golders Green Synagogue will be answering the age old question of whether locusts are kosher or not - and possibly eating a few to prove his point.
As well as the day's events, the festival will also play host to the annual Jewish Food Awards, with the winners announced during the day.
More than 30,000 people are expected to cast their vote in categories which include best kosher restaurant, best kosher bagels, best falafel and best cheesecake.
Michael Leventhal, Gefiltefest founder, said of the event: "Food is at the heart of the Jewish culture and Jewish chefs internationally renowned as some of the best in the world.Gefiltefest is designed to celebrate this deep heritage and explore food as a tool for community."