Hi-then, in 2000, a handful of amateur cooks but with PZM gathered and opened their homes for travelers who passed through the Mateh Yehuda area. 21 years have passed since then, and what started as a small initiative has become a large festival that unites cooks, producers, farmers, wineries, cloth houses Now, after a difficult year, the festival will be spread over four weeks (9.6 – 3.7), mainly on weekends. During the festival you will meet leading food people, enjoy culinary delights in the Judean headquarters and meet local artists, especially for the festival there will be workshops in the private kitchen of fascinating women behind restaurants in the area. Join us at some recommended stations in the festival area:
Turkish brunch in Aminadav
Among the breathtaking views of the Jerusalem mountains, in the heart of the quiet Moshav Aminadav, is the home of Livnat and Avi Ohayon. The charming couple have been in the textile field for years and recently decided to dedicate a significant portion of their time to hospitality as well. The two have brunch and Turkish-style dinners in their manicured courtyard. During the festival, every Thursday evening and Friday, from early afternoon until the beginning of Shabbat, they invite travelers to stay in their courtyard in a Mediterranean atmosphere, which includes a brunch-style meal, with Livnat-made Turkish pastries, salads, fine Scordelia spread, Turkish salad, Chard salads, roasted peppers, eggplant in cream, dips, cabbage steak, leafy salad and tomato salad. At the end of the meal, coffee and tea, cheesecake and orange semolina cake are served. Alcohol lovers will also be able to enjoy a watermelon cocktail, a refreshing mint arak.
Price: NIS 280 per couple for a meal; NIS 200 for a double picnic basket
Phone: 054-2868162 / 054-2886816 (by appointment)
When agriculture meets extreme
In Moshav Zechariah in the Ella Valley, between the agricultural fields and the chicken coops, lies an extreme adventure that combines a ride in an electric vehicle and a visit to greenhouses. The experience is suitable for young and old and takes hikers straight into the farmers ’greenhouses with the help of a ride on Easy Rider, between the tomato beds and the sweet peppers, and from there to some of the spectacular lookout points of the Ella Valley. As part of the experience, you can taste the colorful vegetables (varies according to the season), and even stop for a colorful shakshuka meal from the harvested vegetables.
Price: NIS 190 per person for an hour-and-a-half tour; NIS 270 per person for a three-hour tour of the rattle route, including a meal (minimum ten participants)
Phone: 050-9919932 (by prior arrangement, number of participants is limited). Cyclamen 34, Moshav Zechariah
The area of Mateh Yehuda is full of small boutique manufacturers, who bring their specialization to the level of art. One of them is the baker Oren Shmueli, the owner of the “Bradley” bakery in Srigim. Shmueli, a social worker by profession, came across the dough entirely by chance. A few years ago he met a German bread baker and from there he began to learn. What started as a hobby, has become a real occupation, and five years ago he started teaching organic baking in the Netherlands. Like many, the corona year caused him to change his priorities, and today he focuses mainly on baking traditional puffed breads, light breads, spelled breads, country breads, French breads and even Greek pastries. On Thursdays he also makes Naples-style Italian pizza.
On Thursdays and Fridays during the festival he will open the bakery and promise to make Turkish focaccia. If you want to deepen your knowledge and not just your stomach, there will also be two baking workshops: one of focaccia and one of pizzas, which end in spoiled carb meals. On Mondays a limited menu will be served, so if you are touring the area, you can come and eat.
Price: NIS 175 per workshop
Phone: 050-5753548 (by appointment). Vineyards 9, Srigim
Cheeses on the way
Still in Moshav Srigim, not far from “Bradley”, you will find Yael’s refrigerator – a cheese refrigerator where you will find sheep’s and delicacies, cakes, jams, dips and crackers. On weekends there are also sourdough breads and wines. Buying from the refrigerator is self-service, based on a trust method: you take what you want and leave money at the checkout. On the shelves next to the fridge there are also picnic baskets from Morocco, where you can pack a personal picnic basket.
Phone: 054 – 5987231. Vines 6, twigs
Tuscany Corner of Judea
At Natalie Abu Fontana, a pastry chef with over 30 years of experience, you can enjoy a Tuscan-style six- to seven-course meal. Among the dishes: risotto, salmon in an orange glaze, gnocchi from batter and hand-made patisseries, all accompanied by local wine. Natalie, an immigrant from France who has established successful catering in the country, studied cooking and restaurants at Cordon Bleu. At her home in Moshav Nehusha, on the terrace overlooking Adulam Park, she hosts groups of up to 40 people for meals using French cooking techniques, but with Italian aromas. Throughout the year it offers meticulous brunch meals, personalized meals and pre-arranged picnic baskets.
Price: NIS 450 per couple
Phone: 055-6670749 (by appointment)
Wine at Sifra Winery
In Givat Yeshayahu is the SPHERA winery, a boutique winery that specializes in white wines. The winery, which has already gained worldwide recognition, was founded by winemaker Doron Rav-Hon together with his wife Sima. Together with family members they run the family winery. Every detail in the winery was established with the production of white wines in mind, and you can see Doron’s unique touch in every detail and especially in the excellent wines. At the winery he creates five types of white wine, blends and varietal wines.
Visitors to the winery can choose from a tasting route of four wines from the WHITE CONCEPTS series, with a rich fan of flavors: Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Riesling 2020, Chardonnay 2020 and FIRST PAGE – a blend of Semillon, Chanin Blanc and Roseanne. The tasting comes accompanied by a plate of cheeses, vegetables and breads. Everything is locally made, and it is also possible to come and assemble a picnic basket.
Price: NIS 125 per person for a tasting route
Phone: 02-9938577 (by appointment)
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