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Colorado Jewish Food Fest: How Jews Do Food in the 21st Century

Learning about local farms and CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture). Photo Credit: Michael Benko

Over 900 people came to the Boulder JCC on April 15th to celebrate food and sustainability at the Colorado Jewish Food Fest, sponsored by Hazon and Milk and Honey Farm at the J. There were dozens of activities to partake in- shake your own butter, massage a kale salad, make a bike blended smoothie, judge a Kugel Kontest, listen to Jeff and Paige, and more! Seven food vendors shared their versions of contemporary Jewish food — Sweet Pea Cuisine, River and Woods, Latke Love, Zeal, Woodgrain Bagels, Miss J’s, and Upstart Kombucha. It was a truly delicious experience.

Jeff Kagan, of Jeff and Paige, entertains a crowd in Levin Hall. Photo Credit: Michael Benko

People of all ages enjoyed the day. Jeff Kagan of Jeff and Paige said, “It truly felt like a festival of food and I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like it.” One five-year-old participant asked her mother, “what do you think is more fun, Disneyland or Food Fest?” A resident at Kavod Senior Living remarked, “this is America at it’s Best. Look at all the ages here having a good time!”

This was the first year that the Boulder JCC hosted the Colorado Jewish Food Fest, but it won’t be the last. Save the date, April 7th 2019, for next year’s Colorado Jewish Food Fest.

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