Michigan Jewish Food Festival

Aug 27, 2017 - 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Eastern Market Corporation, Detroit, MI

Save the date for the second Michigan Jewish Food Festival!

Several thousand people joined us for the first ever Michigan Jewish Food Festival and enjoyed food, celebrated our shared history in Detroit, and learned about Detroit’s current food movement that’s creating a more sustainable, healthier, and more just community for all.

Questions? Want to get involved? Contact Julie Rosenbaum,

Participants got to meet and learn from chefs like Michael Twitty and Hell’s Kitchen’s Jared Bobkin; hear from health and family experts like Moms Across America’s Zen Honeycutt,  Dr. Joel Kahn and Detroit Ento and Jewish Initiative for Animals. Plus, food justice seminars with Detroit Urban Farmers including Eden Garden’s Chava Knox and Oakland Avenue Farm’s Jerry Ann Hebron, plus a session on fair wages with Rabbi Alana Alpert, Detroit Jews for Justice and the Restaurant Opportunity Center; and find out What’s Spiritual About Food with Rabbi Rachel Shere, Rabbi Herschel Finman, WSU’s Dr. Justin Sledge, and Jewish Veg.

Shed 5 was packed with Detroit’s entrepreneurial food vendors, environmental and food justice groups, kids’ activities, fresh produce, and more. Outside there were workshops and seminars. NextGen brought the music. Feet on the Street tours took us through the Eastern Market. It was… amazing. We hope to see you there next year!

The 2016 schedule:

Chef Demos, Shed 5, Community Kitchen, A Three-Entree Offering – Sign up at the market. Seating is limited!

NOON World Renowned Chef Michael Twitty. Michael is a Jew of Color and cooks, speaks and writes about food, history and identity. He’s making an appetizer of Black-Eyed Pea Hummus, and telling stories.

1:30 Hell’s Kitchen’s Jared Bobkin. Jared is a local chef with great taste! He’s making a main dish of roasted salmon over popcorn puree with heirloom tomato corn salsa and braised greens.

3:00 Detroit Zen Center’s Majin Luke Niewiadomski, solar panel engineer and Zen Buddhist Monk, will be demonstrating that mindful eating can taste delicious! This vegan dessert duo includes a protein-packed non-dairy cashew milkshake, and gluten free brownies.

Speakers and Community Discussion, Tents Outside Shed 5: All Day

Health and Family Tent – hosted by Henry Ford Health System

11:30 Eating with Compassion For Creation, Anthony Hatinger, Detroit Ento and Aharon Varaday, Jewish Initiative for Animals
1:00 Kick Heart Disease in the Butt with your Fork, Dr. Joel Kahn
2:30 What’s in My Kid’s Food? Moms Across America Blogger Zen Honeycutt

Food Justice Tent – hosted by Detroit Jews for Justice

11:30 Fair Wages for Food Workers, Rabbi Alana Alpert and Restaurant Opportunities Center
1:00 Who Gets to Grow: Land Use Issues Facing Urban Farmers, Atieno Nyar Kasagam and Lorenzo Herron, Ile Oke Farm Detroit, Biaca Danzy, Real food by Bianca
3:00 Placemaking: Food, Flowers, Art and Community, Oakland Avenue Urban Farm’s Jerry Hebron, Eden Garden’s Chava Knox, FreshCut Detroit’s Sarah Pappas

Spirituality and Food Tent – hosted by Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies

11:30 What’s Jewish About Food? Rabbi Rachel Shere, Adat Shalom
12:45 Craft Spirituality: Alcohol in Ancient Times, Justin Sledge, PhD, WSU
2:00 Judaism and Animals, Restoring the Relationship, Jeffrey Cohan, Jewish Veg
3:00 Sacred Eating, Kashrut and Hallal, Rabbi Herschel Finman, Co-Director Jewish Ferndale

Tours of the Eastern Market – 45 minute Walking Tours Leave at Noon and 2pm from main entrance