‘Knoshville Jewish Food Festival’ highlights culture in East Tennessee

(AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
(AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A festival honoring Jewish culture will be held in Knoxville May 22.

The festival is named after the Yiddish word “nosh,” which means to snack. The event will have many Jewish foods and will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Arnstein Jewish Community Center.

“Knoshville will bring together every Jewish organization in the Knoxville and Oak Ridge area, in celebration and appreciation of Jewish foods and cuisine. The entire community is invited to attend, nosh with us, and learn about the foods that bring us together,” said Knoxville Jewish Alliance Executive Director Deborah Oleshansky. “It’s going to be very fun, and also very delicious.”

Shakshuka is a middle eastern spicy baked egg meal. Mandlebrot is similar to biscotti.  Also, attendees can try lox (smoked salmon), potato latkes (pancakes), matzah ball soup and more.

There will not be any meat or poultry food items as a observance to kosher Jewish dietary laws (kashrut). There is a $10 minimum food purchase.

Attendees can enjoy Israeli dancing and music, and look through an art gallery. Admission is free.

The Arnstein Jewish Community Center’s pool house will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and is opened to the public.

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