International food lovers this was your show. Matcha. Kimchi, baklava, spanikopita, tahini were all there for the tasting. Plus artisanal and farm-fresh products looking to introduce themselves to the kosher market. It’s a fun and fattening day filled with food and foodie friends (that is the best part – sharing it with others who obsess about food as much as I do).
A few standout products for me this year, that I must share…
KoKo Kosher Korean – 2 faves here, kimchi and gochujang (a fermented Korean condiment made from red chili, rice syrup, soybeans, and salt – I’ve been looking for it with a hecksher for months and am very excited to post some recipes featuring this ingredient.) Korean food is a big food trend, kimchi has been on restaurant menus for a few years now, so its very exciting that this product is new to our market and coming soon to your market.
Parvella – Italian chocolate spread available in 4 flavors, intense hazelnut, vanilla, coffee and orange. This is a delicious, NO palm oil, NO milk, NO peanuts, NO eggs and NO gluten and PAREVE chocolate spread. It’s rich, creamy and I’m excited to use it as a ganache, a frosting, in mousse, swirled in hot cocoa, the possibilities are endless and super scrumptious. I know the name of the product is not exactly inviting, but taste it, it’s divine.
A bunch of smoked and dried meats – Amsellem, pure beef, dried sausage in a few flavors. Think kosher pepperoni, slightly smoky, flavorful, and softer than beef jerky. Jack’s Gourmet, launched their turkey sausages in both regular and Andouille, wonderful addition to their terrific line of products. And new from Pelleh Poultry, artisanal, hormone and antibiotic free, duck products. From Duck Fry (duck bacon), Duck cherry sausage, duck rillette, duck fat, and fresh duck parts, this makes duck accessible and easy to prepare for the home cook. Admittedly, I went back for seconds and will add these items to my refrigerator.
Yoffi Israeli products – chocolate tahini, Zaatar tahini, date spread, honey, tasty and totally on-trend.
Savannah Bee Honey – I’ve been buying from them for years and giving their honey as gifts, but now the entire kosher world is introduced to their wonderful products and packaging. I liked their new chocolate honey (it wasn’t available when I did my Rosh Hashanah order this year) and loved the whipped honey with lemon. Say goodbye to frosting, this is my new glaze on every muffin and cake!
Thank you Kosherfest for the fun-filled day of food and new inspiration. And as I say, every year, now I need to go to the gym