One thing is stable during the volatile spring season and that is the Western Galilee Time Spring Festival, which opens today for the ninth time, with the main event: the Galilee Taste Fair. The fair will run until 28.5.
During the festival there will be about 40 different events such as workshops, tours and performances, as well as many intriguing collaborations between local tourism entrepreneurs, including a guided tour of Acre that ends with wine tasting at the Efendi Hotel, a tour of the international dance village in Ga’aton with tastings at Malka Brewery, or A visit to the Kishor Winery, which will host the La Pampa restaurant. We checked out some of the festival participants, who can also be reached throughout the year, just get ready to open another button in your pants
Wine and coffee at Kibbutz Tuval
Johnny Stern, the owner and winemaker of Stern Winery in Kibbutz Tuval, has many hobbies besides making wines. He is also an amateur photographer, some of his favorite photographs can be seen adorning the walls of the winery, he is an amateur carpenter, and some of his work in this field can also be seen in his winery, such as a table he himself carved from ancient olive wood.
Another Stern hobby is cooking. He is the main cook at home, and he also found a way to incorporate this hobby in his winery, following the example of concept evenings he holds from time to time, around the same wooden table he built. Having already existed in the Greek and French style, now comes the turn of Italy. At the spring festival he will hold a special Italian evening, with six classic Italian dishes he prepares himself, like arancini on a bed of tomato sauce and olive oil or black linguini with asparagus, leeks and sea fish fillet. Of course each dish will be accompanied by one of the winery wines.
This evening, on the occasion of the festival, he will be joined by Gennady Kozkevich, a tour guide who following Corona developed his hobby and great love of coffee, and alongside the last dish at the meal, will conduct a workshop on coffee history, characteristics, flavors and other fascinating facts about the drink. . All this will happen alongside special coffee drinks that Kozkevitz makes himself.
An Italian meal, wine and a guest lecture by Isho Kaffe at Stern Winery: Thursday, May 26, from 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM.
Price per diner: NIS 320.
For reservations: 0723957695.
Close to nature in Mitzpe Matat
“This is what a gifted street looks like,” guide Carmit Arbel tells us as we walk on the ground, in what looks more like a jungle, with fruit trees all around, which complete the feeling of detachment from the environment. Life in Matat seems to take place at a different pace. The kids here know they can take care of themselves, on most issues. Just leave the house and immediately come across wild strawberry trees, no less than seven different types of fig trees and a variety of sweets from nature, which the children, and let’s face it – we too, enjoy snacking on all day. Not only do the children know how to take care of their stomachs, but they will also tell you which plant helps to stop blood in case of injury, and which helps in case of worms.
Anyone who has not yet been convinced to start looking for a home in the locality up to this stage will probably do so after the last stop on the tour, which is a delicious vegetarian meal with the young chef Uri Tzur. After working from the age of 15 in the best restaurants in Tel Aviv, Tzur decided to leave the big city, and today he hosts creative, colorful and very tasty meals at home, with dishes that probably will not be tasted anywhere else.
“When you create heaven” – a trip with Carmit Arbel and a vegetarian tasting meal by Chef Uri Tzur in Mitzpe Matat: Friday, May 27, from 9:30 to 13:00.
Price per diner: NIS 165, including training and meetings.
For reservations: 0723971215.
Where does the knapsack come from
Everyone loves napa, but how many people really know how to make it? The preparation of the knapsack may seem a bit complicated to those who watch it for the first time, especially when the makers are members of the Kashash family from Acre, who make knapsacks that many have defined as the best in Israel for four generations. The business was founded by Khair Kashash in 1915, and he operated from a small cart. Later they opened the store that exists to this day, offering 22 different types of sweets, and of course three different types of knapsack.
At the festival, they will take visitors behind the scenes of the old shop, located in the alleys of Old Acre Market, explain and demonstrate how to make knafa, and also give tips on an equally important topic, how to work together in a family business, without (too) quarrels. The session ends of course with a sweet taste, with a cup of coffee and a hot and fresh knapsack, which a moment ago you saw how it is prepared.
A workshop for making knapsack in cashews in Old Acre: Friday, May 27, from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
Price per person: NIS 40.
For reservations: 0723941153.
An especially sweet meeting between two entrepreneurial women, was held between the artist Orly Kupler and Tina Khatib – the Malby artist who brings out from under her hands, in a small shop in Old Acre, Malby which is a masterpiece. The two will hold the event at Studio Uruka, where Orly, a former mechanical engineering graduate of the Technion, and with 25 years of experience as an engineer at a large company, decided to make a change in her life. She says she always had that little voice in her that called for her to start creating for herself, things full of charm and personal touch. She studied goldsmithing, and with the help of her previous knowledge and experience pretty quickly developed working methods and designs in a personal seal.
Tina will sweeten the event. She says that after tasting malabi in all sorts of places in the country, she was horrified to discover that what most people know and eat is not at all like the malabi she grew up on. She took her grandmothers’ old recipes, gathered the best of each recipe, and created her own malabi, a real malabi and so delicious. The malabi can, as mentioned, be bought in a small and magical shop in the city she set up after she got divorced. She took a small warehouse owned by her family, began to clean and renovate it, and in a short time the place could not be identified. The dirty warehouse has become a sweet gem in Old Acre, Tina’s Malabi House.
In the joint meeting, Orly and Tina will tell their stories, there will be a conversation about the creative process, and everything along with a hearty tasting, and other sweet surprises like bird kaddif, homemade calvados, sabusa and more.
On Jewelry and Confectionery Sweets: Thursday, May 26, 5:00 p.m.-6: 30 p.m.
Price per person: 110 shekels, including tastings of five types of sweet potatoes.
For reservations: 0723971187.
Western Galilee Spring Festival – May 20-28. Additional information: Western Galilee Time Association website – www.westgalil.org.il
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