Traditional Jewish food and inspired bites will be part of NoshFest.
The event presented by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque will be held on Sunday, Jan. 13, at Sandia Resort & Casino. It will feature more than 20 local food vendors, including California Pastrami, Einstein’s Bagels, Europa Cafe, M’Tucci’s Italian Market & Pizzeria, Savoy Bar & Grill, Vintage 423 and Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro. Congregation Albert, Congregation B’nai Israel, and JCC of Greater Albuquerque also will have edible offerings. Food tickets will be sold for $1 each and used as currency to purchase food items.
“We’ve got 22 food vendors, all of whom are going to have different foods, so savory, sweet, classic like matzo ball soup and latkes, kugels, but, you know, pastrami sandwiches, corned beef, Mediterranean foods, Israeli, Middle Eastern, so really the whole gamut,” said Phyllis Wolf, director of arts, culture and education at the JCC of Greater Albuquerque.
The JCC worked with participating restaurants that normally do not offer Jewish-inspired foods.
“We’ve worked with the restaurateurs like Tamashi, which is a sushi place, to come up with a creative way so they can participate,” Wolf said. “So they’ve come up with an ‘everything roll,’ a spicy tuna ‘everything roll,’ and a smoked salmon bite, which is basically cream cheese and smoked salmon, which is like a bite that would be equivalent to if you got a whole bagel or something but you just get the taste of it. So that’s kind of an example with a creative twist on it.”
NoshFest has something for everyone.
Attendees can enjoy klezmer music by The Rebbe’s Orkestra while perusing food and retail booths. Several retail vendors will be selling Jewish-oriented tchotchkes and culinary items. Children can have fun at the Kids’ Zone. NFL fans can head to the Baillio’s Play-Off Zone, where they can watch the NFL playoff action on an 80-inch TV from a comfortable chair. Beer, wine and cocktails will be available for purchase from cash bars.
Attendees can score big during various raffles. Raffle tickets are $10. Prizes include a three-night trip for two to New York City, which includes airfare and hotel, a hot air balloon ride for two and a 55-inch TV. Vendors also will be raffling off their own prizes, including gift cards to their locations.
“It’s just gonna truly be a festive, festive day for everybody to enjoy,” Wolf said. “Jewish, non-Jewish, old, young, married, single, gay, straight – you name it.”