by Kat Robinson
Admission to the festival is free.
For the past several months, Jewish Food Festival volunteers have been preparing to host more than 12,000 visitors, hoping to surpass the 2010 attendance record. The festival will include traditional Jewish foods such as old fashioned corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, kosher hot dogs, cabbage rolls, blintzes, latkes, kugel and many more fantastic Jewish delicacies. The on-site bakery will offer homemade Jewish treats including rugelach, honey cakes, challah and mandel bread. Israeli dishes also will be available, inviting patrons to eat a meal of kabobs, falafel and Israeli salad.
As it does every year, the Jewish Food Festival will feature cultural and religious booths to showcase various aspects of Jewish life from Arkansas to ancient Israel. Patrons will be able to learn about Jewish holidays and life cycle customs, learn about Israel, and enjoy an exciting kids’ area with plenty variety of activities from face painting to a large area for jumping activities . At a replica of the Western Wall, patrons can leave a note of prayer, and Judaica gifts and other items by local Jewish artists will be on display and for sale.
Entertainment throughout the day will include contemporary and traditional Jewish music. There will be performances by the musical groups B-Flats, the Klezmer Band, the Schechinotes and many other wonderful acts. For the first time, there will be an inspiring performance of Israeli folk dancing, featuring some younger community members.
The Jewish Federation of Arkansas seeks to promote tolerance, understanding and excitement in creating a vibrant community of Jewish learning and growth that crosses all borders to pursue care for the poor, food for the hungry, and advocacy and compassion for everyone who needs it.