ABQ NoshFest: An Adventure in Jewish Food

For lovers of all things food and fun, a new festival sure to delight the senses.  On January 14, ABQ NoshFest will celebrate Jewish heritage and feature the best in Jewish cuisine, while raising funds for the Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque (JCC). The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the Embassy Suites, with early VIP noshing at 11am. Advance tickets start at $5.

Some of the event highlights include a Nosh Talk with best-selling author Joan Nathan, the “Queen of American Jewish Cooking,” a latke & vodka gourmet tasting room, and a kugel cook-off competition with celebrity judges, including our own Jewish reigning Miss New Mexico Melissa-Lou Ellis. Delectable noshes include savory brisket, pastrami and corned beef, matzoh ball soup, lox & bagels, blintzes, knishes and so much more. Baillio’s will provide a football play-off zone to watch the Sunday football games, and there will be a kids-zone with cake walk, games and crafts.

“We wanted to create an event that would give foodies a chance to experience some of their favorite noshes,” explained Suzy Caplan, director of community partnerships at the JCC and producer of the fest. “People who have never tried these popular dishes are in for even more of a treat!”

Dave Simon, executive director of the JCC, is especially appreciative of the support shown by the Albuquerque metro restaurant community. “We are pleased that local favorite food establishments have stepped up to the plate to prepare and serve popular Jewish foods not easily found in our city.  To help make ABQ NoshFest a unique experience, most of our participating chefs are creating dishes that are not currently offered on their menu.”

All funds will benefit the programs at the JCC that assist homeless families and children; provide summer camp, swim lessons and early childhood education scholarships; support people with disabilities; help wounded warriors; and partner with numerous other non-profit organizations that serve people in need.

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