Israel’s Independence Day may have been a few weeks ago, but in DC, the party isn’t over yet.

At 65 years young, Israel has a lot to celebrate, including a vibrant and colorful culinary tapestry. And on Sunday, June 9, the Jewish Food Experience (JFE) will help bring the Israeli food scene to you at [email protected]: A Food, Wine & Music Festival, hosted by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington at DC’s Union Market.

In keeping with Israel’s remarkably diverse cuisine—a literal melting pot—JFE cooking demonstrations, talks and tastings will feature the diversity of Israeli food. DC’s own award-winning Jewish cookbook author and TV personality Joan Nathan will share insights into Israel’s modern food scene with JFE project director Susan Barocas.

Sheilah Kaufman, author of 26 cookbooks, will take us inside the Sephardic cuisine of Israel while pastry chef Paula Shoyer will offer a lesson in making baklava, the flaky nut-filled pastry popular in much of the Middle East. Leah Hadad will present unique Yemenite Israeli traditions and share malawah, a traditional pastry of another sort, with spicy s’hug to go on it.

Family at Israel65 Fest

Especially for families, Rachel Harkham (aka Recipe Rachel) and Doni Zasloff Thomas (of Mama Doni musical fame) will cook and jam to the tune of Milk and Honey Bars whenever a craving for the Land of Milk and Honey strikes.

As part of the JFE cookbook sale, these chefs along with Beth Kanter, author of Washington, DC Chef’s Table, will sign books and point you in the direction of their favorite recipes. And some local foodies will have tables sharing their products with you as well.

Outside of the JFE tent, there’s more great food and drink plus fun activities for all ages! An assortment of local restaurants and food trucks will be sharing their kosher and/or vegetarian takes on Israeli festival food. In the Beer and Wine Garden, you will have a chance to taste three award-winning beers—IPA, Dark Ale and Wheat Ale—from Srigim Craft Brewery in Mateh Yehuda, DC’s Israel partnership region, as well as Goldstar and wine from boutique wineries in Israel.

Stop by The Shuk to take home beautiful work from artisans and the tastes of Israel such as Soom Foods’ tehina and olive oil plus dates from Israeli Harvest. In the family zone, you will find arts and crafts, games, face painting, an “archeological dig” and the PJ Library Book Nook. On the family stage enjoy the always lively Mama Doni Band and Israeli dancing by area students among others.

The main stage will bring to the party the sounds of some of Israel’s best musicians—Mosh Ben Ari, Moshav and Mook E.

Join us on June 9 to explore Israel’s diverse food scene and more. Then keep Israel on your menu throughout the year with JFE’s delicious recipes, food stories and places to go plus exciting events and volunteer opportunities. In the tradition dating back to Biblical times, our tent is open to you!