Friday, June 7, 2013

Union Market Hosts Israel@65 Festival This Sunday

Mosh Ben Ari headlines Sunday's Israel@65 Festival

You're invited to celebrate Israel turning 65 (this year marks the 65th anniversary of Israel's Yom Ha'atzmaut - Independence Day) at Union Market this Sunday with Israel@65: A Food, Wine & Music Festival. Admission is free and will take place rain or shine (50/50 as of today... I'm betting on sunshine.) The fun starts at 12 and include a full day of music, Israeli artisans, kids activities and food, food and... food.

The festival is presented by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and is accessible by Metro (Red Line: NoMa-Gallaudet.) Free parking is also available. I'm especially looking forward to the Israeli Beer and Wine Garden, in addition to a delicious sounding assortment of authentic Israeli cuisine.

Speaking of food, The Jewish Food Experience presents A Tent Full of Flavors, featuring cooking demos, tastings (yum!) and book signings (see below for full details.) Ben Yehuda Pizza, Eli'sKosherMart and Moti's Grill will also be on hand, together with several vegetarian options including half a dozen vegetarian-only food trucks.

Here's a rundown of A Tent Full of Flavors...

12:00 Book Signing with Beth Kanter, Washington DC Chef’s Table
12:30 Yemenite Israeli Food - Cooking Demo & Tasting with Leah Hadad
1:15 Israeli Desserts - Cooking Demo & Tasting with Paula Shoyer. Book signing with Paula Shoyer, The Kosher Baker
2:00 The Foods of Israel Today - A Conversation with Joan Nathan. Book signing with Joan Nathan, The Foods of Israel Today and Jewish Cooking in America
2:40 Sephardic Foods in Israel - Presentation by Sheila Kaufman. Book signing with Sheila Kaufman, Sephardic Israeli Cuisine
3:00 Family Cooking Demo & Tasting with Recipe Rachel & Mama Doni. Book signing with Rachel Harkham & Mama Doni, Get Cooking: A Jewish American Family Cookbook
4:00 Book signing by Abbie Rosner, Breaking Bread in Galilee - A Culinary Journey into the Promised Land

and a schedule of Sunday's other entertainment...

Main Stage
12:00 Moshav
1:00 Falafel Eating Contest
1:15 Israeli Dance Performances
2:00 Beatboxing Wonder: The Orthobox
2:15 Mook E
3:00 Beatboxing Wonder: The Orthobox
3:15 Falafel Eating Contest
3:30 Mosh Ben Ari

Family Stage
12:00 Israel Caravan
1:00 The Mama Doni Band
3:00 The Macaroons

Register early and you may win a free trip to Israel this November! Click here for details on the trip. See you Sunday!