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Nosh Fest: South Florida Jewish Food Festival, March 10

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.

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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.

Temple Beth Emet is located at 4807 S. Flamingo Road in Cooper City.




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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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