The fourth Gefiltefest Jewish Food Festival took place on Sunday May 19th 2013 at London's Ivy House, home of the London Jewish Cultural Centre (LJCC).
You can watch a video about the festival here and press coverage of the event is available from the following links:
You can view the 2013 programme by clicking here. To view our app, complete with recipes, using your smartphone, please click here. All recipes demonstrated at Gefiltefest 2013 are on our dedicated recipes page.
It was a full-day event running from 9.30am to 6pm. The event is similar to a Limmud festival: Once visitors arrived, there were 6 or 7 sessions running simultaneously. Ivy House's beautiful garden was full of stalls, tastings and a performance from Shir Music.
For every hour of the day there were: two live cookery demonstrations; one hands-on cookery workshop; one social action session; one text learning session; one arts & culture session, and from midday, a kids' programme suitable for ages 7+.
Details of speakers and sessions at the 2013 festival are listed below.
Denise Phillips giving a cookery demonstration at Gefiltefest 2013. Image courtesy of Steven Ingram.
1) The Social Action strand of this year's festival was sponsored by Leket Israel.
Gidi Kroch, CEO of Leket Israel, presented two sessions. Nigel Cohen from Maidenhead talked about interfaith kitchens, and how to inspire people to feed the poor in the 21st century. Ben Niblett from Tearfund and Richard Verber from World Jewish Relief spoke about the new ‘Enough Food for Everyone IF…’ campaign. The founder and director of GIFT came in to do a session entitled ‘Taste and Waste’. Unfortunately Tristram Stuart was unable to join us this year. We look forward to welcoming him in 2014.
2) We also welcomed some of the best cooks for live cookery demonstrations, including:
3) In our first Ashkenazi vs Sephardi cook-off we had Josh Zaitschek and Simon Goldhill competing against Eran Tibi, and judged by Giancarlo Caldesi of Caffe Caldesi, Daniel Young of youngandfoodish and Harry Lomas of the Grove Hotel.
4) In the text and learning strand we had: Dina Brawer on 'The transformative power of wine in Jewish ritual', Clive Lawton asked 'What is fasting for?', 'Midrash in the Kitchen' with Diana Lipton and Rachel Davies, 'Whose bracha is it anyway?' with Rabbi Michael Rosenfeld, Maureen Kendler explored the special significance of bread in the Jewish tradition, Rabbi Harvey Belovski talked about the Kashrut of locusts, and even brought a few long with him, we heard about 'The Lost Fish of Babylon that tastes like Pork' from Natan Levy, and Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg looked at the meaning of blessing before and after our meals.
5) In our hands-on cookery workshops we had: 'Spice up your Life' with Russell Collins, Shana Boltin showed us an array of pickling and krauting techniques with a bit of Yiddish thrown in for good measure, Steph Saffer of Kokopelli's did a chocolate demonstration, and there was a knife-sharpening skills session with Lisa Roukin, as well as two challah-baking sessions with Dina Brawer and Ariella Levy, during which the Jewish Museum talked about the London Jewish Bakers' Union.
6) In the Arts & Culture strand of the festival we had: Gillian Burr, editor of the Wizo cookbooks exploring how food has changed for Jews living in England, Keith Kahn-Harris hosted his Israeli Soft Drinks Club, prize-winning Blue Badge tour guide Rachel Kolsky took us on a trip down memory lane reliving London's Jewish eating experiences of yesteryear, we heard all about how Stanley Kubrick used food and drink in his films, Stephanie Segal talked about Jewish food culture and identity. Judy Jackson, one of Britain's best-loved cookery writers proposed we don't need cookbooks, while Clarissa Hyman argued the case for books. The discussion was moderated by Richard Ehrlich. Hester Abrams from Jewish Book Week was be in conversation with novelists Ariel Kahn and Francesca Segal. We are delighted to have welcomed Nick Lander, author and FT food writer. He was interviewed by Anthony Silverman, better known as the food blogger Silverbrowonfood.
7) The kids' strand (suitable for children aged 7+) included: Nic Abery of Look to Learn demonstrating how to create edible famous characters from Jewish history, 'A Taste of Asia' with Lisa Roukin, the art of perfect pasta from scratch with Silvia Nacamulli, the chance to create an edible scene of Tel Aviv beach with Fabienne Viner-Luzzato, Jenny Hollander showed the kids how to decorate waffles, and Channah Goldblatt from Jewish Interactive ran a session on how to design comic strips based on North African recipes.
8) Ivy House's beautiful garden was full of stalls, including: JVN (the Jewish Volunteering Network), Saffron Catering, Falafel Feast, Bean About Town, Cocoa Bijoux, Antonio Russo, JVS (the Jewish Vegetarian Society), Kosher Candy King, Kleeneze, Daunt Books, Leket Israel, Israeli Food Direct and Pereles Cakes.
We were also be supported by Divine Chocolate and had delicious some chocolate to give away, and some wine, kindly donated by Kedem! We are also very grateful for the support of Vegware, Leket Israel and The Grove Hotel..
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