Gefiltefest Jewish Food Festival

Gefiltefest Jewish Food RevivalTickets for Gefiltefest, the UK’s only Jewish food festival, are now available. The fourth annual Gefiltefest London Jewish Food Festival will be held on Sunday May 19th 2013 at Ivy House – the former home of the ballerina Anna Pavlova and now the home of the London Jewish Cultural Centre.

The Gefiltefest Jewish Food Festival will feature live cooking demonstrations, lectures, tastings, workshops and stalls. For those with a strong stomach, there will even be a discussion on whether or not locusts are Kosher and a sampling of chocolate-covered locusts.

In addition, the winners of the 2013 Jewish Food Awards will be announced at the festival. Now in its third year, more than 30,000 people are expected to cast their vote to select the best UK offerings in a range of classic categories including Best Kosher Bagels, Best Falafel, Best Kosher Restaurant and Best Cheesecake. There will be an extra Expert Panel conducting a blind tasting of nominees’ bagels and challah, with writer Michele Hanson and Clarissa Hyman.

For details about last year’s winners and to vote on this year’s nominees, visit

Initial lineup of speakers and activities at the Gefiltefest Jewish Food Festival include:

• Hester Abrams from Jewish Book Week will be talking to Costa Prizewinner Francesca Segal about food in The Innocents
• Guide Rachel Kolsky, author of Jewish London, offering a virtual food tour of London
• Food campaigner Tristram Stuart discussing food waste
• Other confirmed speakers include Nathan Abrams, Dina Brawer, Jeremy Conway, Maureen Kendler, Michael Rosenfeld, and Benji Stanley
• Rabbi Harvey Belovski will give a talk about the Kashrut of locusts – and possibly eating a few to prove his point
• Cooking demonstrations featuring renowned Jewish chefs: Alan Rosenthal, Denise Phillips, Rachel Davies, David Mendes, Fabienne Viner-Luzzato, Linda Dangoor, Marlena Spieler and Silvia Nacamulli
– Challah-baking, chocolate making, spice tasting, pickling and curing demonstrations
– Ashkenazi vs Sephardi cook-off – judged by award-winning chefs and writers Giancarlo Caldesi and Clarissa Hyman with Clive Lawton as compere
• Representatives from The Jewish Museum will be talking about the London Jewish Bakers Union and help with a challah-baking demonstration
• A kids’ strand of events will include Nic Abery of Look to Learn making chocolate portraits

Michael Leventhal, Gefiltefest founder, said:

‘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 building, innovation and pleasure.”

Louise Jacobs, Chief Executive of the LJCC affirmed:

‘The LJCC is delighted to be opening our doors once again to Gefiltefest and filling every room of Ivy House with education, discussion tasting and enjoyment of Jewish food. We invite Londoners from all religions and cultures to come to celebrate the role Jewish food plays, and to experience it as the soul of Jewish life.

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