Michigan Jewish Food Festival

Aug 21, 2022 - 11:00 am EDT - 4:00 pm EDT

Location: DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, 1801 Atwater St., Detroit, MI 48207

Connecting with Community and Our Earth

Come together as we eat, connect, explore and engage with opportunities for environmental education, stewardship and action as we work together to care for each other and our planet. 

Enjoy outdoor activities, art-making opportunities and complimentary admission to the DNR’s Outdoor Adventure Center along the Detroit Riverfront. Engage with hands-on workshops and activities designed for children, families and people of all ages. Nourish your body and soul with opportunities to purchase food from local food businesses.

The Outdoor Adventure Center invites guests to enjoy an up-close indoor exploration of Michigan’s great outdoors. The center features a 40-foot-tall, manmade, interactive tree; off-road vehicle, bicycle, kayak, canoe and fishing-boat simulators; a life-size beaver lodge and eagle’s nest; a 3,000-gallon, freshwater aquarium; a man-made waterfall with a 36-foot drop; and plenty more to see and experience. 

Activities include:

  • Wonderwalk with Voices for Earth Justice
  • Outdoor adventure activities with Tamarack Camps 
  • Topsy Turvy Bus Book Storytime and Bus Tours with Author Anita Pazner
  • Traditional Food Preservation: A Hands-On Workshop with Adamah 
  • Hands-on workshops and lectures with local food businesses and scholars
    • Zach Berg, co-owner and head cheesemonger at Mongers Provisions will lead a session called “Cheese: Milk’s leap toward immortality” exploring dairy preservation and sampling cheeses 
    • Chef Phil, of Farmacy Food, will host a series of cooking demonstrations and sampling sessions called “Sweet Potato Latkes: an edible journey through Black and Jewish cultures”
    • Culinary historian, Avery Robinson, will lead a session called “When Manishewitz is Trayf: A discussion and history of our evolving food values.”
    • Rabbi Eliezer Finkelman, of Congregation Or Chadash, will lead a session called “Bread of the Earth: Examining how wheat is grown and bread is made, through a Jewish lens.”
    • Introduction to bees and the art of bee keeping with Bees in the D
    • Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) children’s workshops on wetlands and Michigan critters
  • Make & Take Art Projects with Flying Cardboard Theater
  • Have your portrait (or family portrait) taken in our photo booth built entirely out of recycled materials
  • Environmental stewardship along the Dequindre Cut Greenway with Plastic Oceans
  • Smoothie Bike Blender treats, with donated fruit from Michigan Farm to Freezer
  • Summer Kit packing for Detroit Community Fridge with Repair The World Detroit
  • Biking along the Dequindre Cut with MOGO Bikes

Musical Performances By:

  • Joe Reilly
  • Henry Barnes and the Half Sauers Stringband

If you have general questions about the Festival, please contact Carly Silverman, Education and Program Manager at carly.silverman@hazon.org

See below for the programming schedule with specific times and locations.

View photos from the 2021 event here.




 Ben N. Teitel Trust 




Hebrew Free Loan Detroit


Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

Jewish War Veterans Department of Michigan

NEXTGen Detroit

Tamarack Camps

Temple Beth El


Congregation for Humanistic Judaism of Metro Detroit



Congregation Beth Shalom

Hadassah Greater Detroit

Repair the World Detroit


The Well

Temple Kol Ami

Temple Israel

Congregation Shir Tikvah

Adat Shalom Synagogue

Jewish Senior Life

Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue



Limmud Michigan

Congregation Beth Ahm


Detroit Jews for Justice

Jewish Veg

National Council of Jewish Women

Chabad of Greater Downtown Detroit

Reconstructionist Congregation of Detroit

Hillel of Metro Detroit

Dor Hadash

Yad Ezra

Congregatoin B’nai Moshe

Jewish National Fund – USA

Gesher Human Services

Congregation Shaarey Zedek

Temple Emanu-El




Metro Food Rescue

Michigan Interfaith Power & Light

James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership

Forgotten Harvest

Plastic Oceans

Voices for Earth Justice

Moishe House

MoGo Detroit

Brilliant Detroit

Bees in the D

Jewish Earth Alliance

Citizens’ Climate Lobby

The Greening of Detroit

Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice

Farmacy Food

Michigan Farm to Freezer