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Nashville Jewish Food Festival Returns May 15

Get ready for fun and Jewish food at the Nashville Jewish Food Festival x Israel Celebration on May 15.

Come out for the annual Nashville Jewish Food Festival on May 15,  in collaboration with the Jewish Federation & Jewish Foundation of Nashville & Middle TN’s Israel Celebration.

The event will feature live music, Israeli snacks, activities for kids and families, “The Bar Mitzvah” bar area courtesy of NowGen, a babka competition and of course food (including Kosher options) from some of your favorites. The lineup includes Butcher & Bee, Chef Avi Shemtov, Jewish Cowboy, Upstate Pierogi Co., Crieve Hall Bagels, East Tasty, Louisa Shafia, Sweets Melissa & Sons, with more to come.

The Nashville Jewish Book Series is thrilled that the final event of the Series will also take place at the festival. Chef Avi Shemtov will be holding a food demo and book signing for his new cookbook Simcha. Shemtov is the founder of the Chubby Chickpea food truck, which remains one of Boston’s most prolific mobile vendors. Today, the chef-owner continues to split his time between the Chubby Chickpea; Simcha; and his mobile bar-catering truck, Tapped.

“We’re so honored to have Avi traveling down for our Series.” Says Gordon JCC Adult and Community-Wide Program Director Sharon Benus. “’Simcha’ means ‘joy and celebration’ and food is certainly something we love to celebrate!” Avi will be teaching attendees how to make some of his delicious Israel-inspired mezze, and a Kosher sampling will be available at his booth during the festival. More information about the Nashville Jewish Book Series can be found at nashvillejcc.org/book

The Nashville Jewish Food Festival and Israel Celebration will take place on May 15 from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Gordon JCC, 801 Percy Warner Blvd. The festival is free to attend and open to the public. Food tickets will be available for purchase at the event. Contact sharonb@nashvillejcc.org for volunteer opportunities, or with any questions. More information can be found at nashvillejcc.org/jewishfood.




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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.