Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 8:50 a.m.
South Florida is home to the highest concentration of Jewish people outside of Israel. This used to be true only seasonally, thanks to snowbirds, but now it is true year-round. Take that, New York!
So it is only fitting that South Florida should play host to a lavish Jewish food fest every year, and March 10, it will be time again for a good nosh.
Nosh Fest IV: South Florida's Jewish Food Festival will be held Sunday, March 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Temple Beth Emet in Cooper City.
While Jewish cuisine is the draw, the true purpose of the festival is to feed the hungry -- and we don't mean the festival attendees.
Admission to this chosen festival is a donation of five nonperishable food items. From the first year, when more than 1,000 people attended, it has been an enormous success, with that number doubled last year.
That's a lot of food donations to the needy.
Because admission is technically free, the tastings each cost a small fee, including Lower East side Corned Beef Sandwich ($4), Romanian Pastrami Sandwich ($4), Gyro Pita Sandwich ($4), Israeli Falafel Nosh ($4), Mini-Stuffed Cabbage ($3), and Bubbies' Sweet & Sour Meatballs ($2).
All food will be purchased with tickets -- as they do at most festivals now -- and tickets can be purchased for a small discount ($20 for 25 tickets or $10 for 12 tickets) in advance of the festival at the synagogue's office.
In addition to the tastings, there will be a cooking competition, cooking demonstrations by the chefs of the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, two pie-eating contests, and performances by the South Florida Cloggers as well as Cantor Jan Sheer with the Temple Beth Emet Choir and Band.
To learn about becoming a vendor, sponsor, or volunteer, visit noshfest.org
or call 954-680-1882.