The 33rd edition of the annual Jewish Food Festival is happening this weekend at Congregation Beth Israel (4402 Saratoga Blvd.). The popular festival is a community favorite and a gastronomical delight.
The food selection features the best of Jewish Deli, including traditional favorites such as succulent brisket with kugel, savory cabbage rolls, split pea soup, matzah ball soup, corned beef sandwiches, Israeli tabouleh and assorted side dishes.
Sunday brunch includes bagels and lox plates and blintzes.
The pickle stand features sour pickles shipped from the Brooklyn Terminal Market — a popular station that always sells out — and the Sweet Shop offers traditional Jewish pastries like Strudel, Rugelach, Black & White Cookies and Challah bread, along with cakes and cookies.
A Silent Auction will have an array of high end items from local retailers and many local restaurants. This year, the silent auction will be offered online at www.ccjewishfoodfest.com .
In addition to food and prizes, the festival also hosts a very popular Vintage Shop featuring gently used costume jewelry and name brand purses for sale. The Judaica Shop offers large selections of Judaica, mezuzzahs, candle holders, toys, books and kitschy t-shirts.
Everybody’s favorite Klezmer Band, Los Klezmeros, will be performing Saturday night. They are billed as the “Hottest Yiddish band from Austin,” and always a festival favorite.
Val Dino, Illusionist and Magician and The Amazing Alec will be performing Saturday night as well. On Sunday, Mr. E. The Mystery Magic Clown will be performing with balloon artistry.
Rabbi Ilan Emanuel will host tours of the sanctuary, which will include information about basic prayers and the Torah, and highlight religious artifacts found within.
Visit the Jewish Food Festival Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and then again on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
To learn more go to www.Facebook.com/JewishFoodFestival .