So much to see, so much to do, so much to taste and learn!  Now in its second year, the Michigan Jewish Food Festival presented by Hazon Detroit has added so much more to love. More food, more vendors, more food trucks, more celebrity chefs, more cooking demos, more activities and more fun for the whole family. Come to the table and celebrate everything our shared tradition, history and community have come to embrace in the heart of our city – Sunday, August 27, 11 am to 4 pm, Sheds 5 and 6 at the Detroit Eastern Market.

The 2017 Michigan Jewish Food Festival is free and open to the public (with donations from the heart gladly accepted). Presented by Hazon Detroit, with the support of the William Davidson Foundation, the D. Dan and Betty Kahn Foundation, the Ben N. Teitel Charitable Trust, The David Farber Family Foundation, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and Meijer, Follow the preparations for the big day on Facebook. For the full schedule of events, cooking demos, family activities, music and entertainment, visit Hazon Detroit online at\mifoodfestival

Foodie Alert! Celebrity Chef Demos, Shed 5, Kid Rock Kitchen Commons

11:30 am: Meet the James-Beard Award-winning author and much-loved “Queen of American Jewish Cooking,”   Joan Nathan –for a cooking demonstration out of the pages of her latest book, King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World. Book sale and signing to immediately follow.

2:30 pm: Liz Alpern, co-owner of the famed Gefilteria, a culinary venture in Brooklyn that reimagines Ashkenazi Jewish cuisine will demonstrate and sample one of her recipes from her cookbook, The Gefilte Manifesto.  

1:00 pm: Meskem (Meskie) Gebreyonhannes – owner of Taste of Ethiopia –  will demo and sample a steamed veg dish and injera (flatbread) from her restaurant.

Please note, seating is limited to 70 participants per session.

Highlights from the Vendor Tables

Taste, sample, shop! Afro Jam from Oakland Avenue Farm, honey products from Bee Awesome,  City Girl Soaps, Cooper Street Cookies, Mitten Bites from Detroit Food Academy, Dragonmead natural soda, Gayle’s Chocolates, coffee and nuts from Germack Roasting Company, fresh produce from Nurturing Our Seeds, teas, herbs and flowers from Love Earth Herbal, Ma Cohen’s lox and smoked herring, Thyme in a Bottle pickled veggies and vinegars; goodies from Zingerman’s Bake House . . . and so much more!

More food on wheels and meals to go

Noshes, nibbles and full meals with a unique Jewish spin from GreenSpace Café, Chef Cari, Guerilla Food/Pink Flamingo, Detroit Vegan Soul, Huron Room, Kravings, Nosh Pit, Nu Deli, Real Food by Bianca, Soul Café/ Milk and Honey Catering, Truckshuka and Zingerman’s Deli.

Hot Topics in the Speaker Tent

Senior Editor of,  JIFA educator Aryeh Bernstein and Rabbi Herschel Finman from Jewish Ferndale will facilitate a text study and discuss “The Suffering of Living Creatures”. Tza’ar Ba’alei Chaim is the Rabbinic prohibition against causing pain to animals. We’ll explore how a careful understanding of these Jewish texts can inform our personal and communal Jewish lives.  1:45 in the Speakers’ Tent

Join Kibibi Blout-Dorn, program manager at Detroit Food Policy Council Kathryn Underwood, Co-Founder of Slow Food Detroit Central City, and Devita Davison, Executive Director of FoodLab Detroit for an interactive discussion about food justice in Detroit and learn about the solutions to our current food system,  and advocacy through food policy. “Community Food Security in Detroit and Lessons for Everyone, Everywhere” 3pm in the Speakers’ Tent

Steven Low, Executive Director at the Flint Jewish Federation,  Sylvia Orduna, National Advisory EPA Representative and Monica Lewis Patrick, Co-Founder of We the People Detroit  lead “Troubled Water,”  look at what happened in Flint in the worst case scenario, and an examination of the challenges ahead facing aging systems and the coming water wars. Learn how to raise your voice in community and get up to speed about regional water issues.  11:15 Speakers’ Tent

More Info and Resources from Social Justice Organizations

Come meet the friendly folks from Back Alley Bikes, Boggs Center, Brightmoore Artisans Collective and Youth Gardens, Slow Food – Detroit Central City, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, Detroit Jews for JusticeEden Gardens, Fair Food Network,  FoodLab Detroit, Forgotten Harvest, Gleaners Community Food Bank, Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit, Michigan Interfaith Power & Light,  Moms Across America,  Murals in the Market, MSU Community Food Systems Workgroup, One Mile Project, ROC-MI f MI, Sierra Club Michigan Chapter, Strawbale Studio, We the People of Detroit,  Will Forage for Food, and Yad Ezra.

Workshops and Health & Wellness

A Land of Milk and Honey:  Single Varietal  Honey Tasting with Amelia Haas

Flowing Like Water: Using meditation, music movement and role play to experience the passage of water in our lives.

Exhalation Integrative Wellness with Karla Mitchell and Lottie Spady: Herbal tactics for good health

Mini Classes with Yoga Shelter: On the hour, every hour 11 to 4,  introducing the basics of breathing, stretching, posture, balance and strength building

Chair massages throughout the day, and  “Ask the Chef” health tips from Weight Watchers.

In the Family Tent and Children’s Area, programming includes Vegetable and Seed stories, MSU animal interactions and more.

Our Food: A Detroit Story

Got a special connection to the rich history of the Detroit food industry? Visit Hazon’s Topsy Turvy Bus to share your family’s narrative.  An oral history project in partnership with the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan and the Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archive.

Market Tours 

Feet on the Street Tours at noon and 2 pm.