Gefiltefest 2015 was the biggest ever Festival of Jewish Food to be held in the UK with more than 1100 people attending.
We ate, we learned, we baked, we kneaded
and of course,
we tasted our way through traditional, contemporary and forward thinking Jewish cuisine from around the world.
Visitors garnered top tips from chefs, experienced new tastes at our food market, honed their culinary skills at our workshops, and let their kids release their inner chef at our children’s programme.
There were more than 40 sessions exploring Jewish food history, culture ethics and text.
Whatever your cultural or religious background, Gefiltefest Jewish Food Festival was a great day out for foodies, families and friends.
Gefiltefest took place at JW3, 341 – 351 Finchley Road, NW3 6ET
Sunday 28th June 2015, 10.30am – 5pm
The 5th London Jewish Food Festival was held on June 15th 2014 at LJCC and was sponsored by The Grove, Kosher Deli and The Jewish Chronicle.
Highlights on the day included the now legendary Ashkenazi – Sephardi Bake Off, world renowned American Food Writer Joan Nathan imparted her knowledge on Rugelach and a demonstration from the Israeli TV Chef Gil Hovav.
Workshops covered pickling herring, preserving lemons, and making Yemenite Zehoug.
Well known guest speakers included Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer of honey and Co, and our very own session of Just A Minute with Dan Patterson, Abigail Morris of The Jewish Museum, Marlena Spieler and Daniel Taub Israel’s Ambassador to The United Kingdom.
Text and learning sessions included Getting It In The Neck: Are Giraffes Kosher, The Taboo of Pig and On Microbes, Bugs & Meaning.
Gefiltefest has always had a strong interest in social action. 2014 included sessions on bee keeping, eco-kosher and challah baking for hunger.
Some of last years recipes: Kim Kushner’s Farfalle with Pistachio Pesto, Michal Hromas’ Apfel Strudel, Linda Dangoor’s Mahallabi (Aromatic Almond Pudding), Gil Hovav’s Zehoug (Hot Yemenite Salsa) and The Jewish Princesses Street Food Fish Bites.
Showcasing Jewish cuisine’s global diversity, 2013’s London Jewish Food Festival was sponsored by Leket Israel, Natan Fund, The Grove and The LJCC.
Gefiltefest 2013 was one of the first festivals to spot several chefs on the ascent – Amy Beilin, of Kosher Roast, the now infamous Kosher pop-up and Eran Tibi, now head chef of Zest at JW3 both featured on the programme, as well as stalwarts from the Jewish food writing community including Silvia Nacamulli, Denise Phillips and Jonathan Wittenburg. Demonstrations covered subjects such as Lady Judith Montefiore’s cookbook The Jewish Manual of 1846, Indian Kosher Cookers and One Pot Cooking.