Last year saw the initial Arab Food Festival take place in Haifa – and thanks to its huge success, it’s back!
This year the festival runs from December 7-9, in Downtown Haifa, and will once again celebrate the world of Arab cuisine via unique and varied tastings in restaurants and pubs, culinary meet-ups, musical and dance performances, cookery and craft workshops, lectures and more, from morning to night.
More than 45 leading chefs from the Arab and Jewish sectors will work together to give their personal, contemporary interpretations of traditional dishes from the Levant food culture. A map detailing the participating venues and events will be available in downtown Haifa, at information points in the train station (Mercaz Hashmona), Palmar Street and the Turkish Market.
Each participating venue will serve its own festival dish, priced from 5 – 35 shekels. This year’s festival menu includes dishes that are slowly disappearing from the local culinary scene, such as:
And the list goes on – so yes, go hungry!
You can also enjoy hummus from around the world, as various chefs try to tempt you with their own special version of hummus, as well as various pop-up stores, tastings and workshops, cooking and arts and crafts direct from the artisans themselves.
Those of you into something a bit more lively, and to burn a few calories, will be delighted to know there will also be some Arab parties and concerts organized by Qahira Eineen, a leading producer on the night life and contemporary Arab music scene. Watch out for dabke and belly dancer performances alongside live appearances by modern Arab musicians and bands. Downtown pubs will host musical performances and serve Arab-made alcohol: Shepherds’ beer from the Birzeit brewery, Arak Ramallah, and a selection of wines from the Jascala Winery, with warm, spicy lupin beans served as a snack.
Some of the hosting eateries, patisseries, pubs, hummus joints and restaurants include: Morel, Cheese, Chang Ba, Habankim Bakery, Mosi, Kings Road, Café Eva, Shany Bakery, Shamli Bulgarian Grill, Burekas Bahar HaAgala, Burekas Izmir, Jadon Bakery, Joseph Bakery, Jack and the Beanstalk, Angus, Jyoti, Dovrin 7, The Diner, Haogen, Hanamal 24, Hamaagan, The Pint Pub, Venya Bistro, Talpiot, Kula, Libira, Lahza, Maayan Habira, Hummus Abu Maron, Studio Pasha 99, El-Puerto, Urban Street Bar, Saint Étienne, Yaakov Kebab, Eli’s Pub, Hummus Fadi, Hummus Faraj, Café Sammy, Star Restaurant, Syncopa Bar, Bet Habobot, Johnny’s Kebab, Suidan Naama, After Dark, Barki, Bora Bar, Hummus Hanamal Abu Ramy, Hummus Eliyahu, Chicho, Hasirim shel Kati, Salute, Kalman’s, Kizler’s, Spira Bakery, Cafe Strudel, Salut.