Great Big Jewish Food Fest Underway

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Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook
From left: Michael Solomonov
and Steve Cook (Photo by Michael Persico)

The Great Big Jewish Food Fest – “a 10-day online festival celebrating the history, diversity, and excitement for all things Jewish food” – began May 19 and will continue until Shavuot on May 28.

The event features cooking classes, virtual city tours, film screenings, panel discussions, happy hours and community Shabbat events, among other programming via Zoom, Instagram and Facebook. All events are free and open to the public at jewishfoodfest.org. Reservations are required and some events have limited space, so early sign-ups are encouraged.

Philadelphia chef and restaurateur Michael Solomonov will be a presenter May 22 for a 1 p.m. event called “The Great Big Shabbat Cook-Along.”


Other featured events include a session of “Restaurants and Chefs During COVID-19” at 8 p.m. on May 25, “Preserving Your Family’s Culinary Heritage with Jewish Food Society” at 5:30 p.m. on May 26 and “Jewish Cooking in America Past and Present with Joan Nathan and Ruth Reichl” at 8:30 p.m. on May 27.

Numerous online cooking classes are planned, and recipes can be downloaded at jewishfoodfest.org/recipes.

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