Lexington Jewish Food Festival returns to TAI on August 27

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The kitchen at Temple Adath Israel is a busy place these days as the congregation prepares to present its second Lexington Jewish Food Festival from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, August 27.

The local Jewish community will be familiar with many of the foods on the sampling menu, but not necessarily the homemade versions, which focus as much as possible on the use of fresh, local ingredients. The menu includes knishes, borscht made with beets from the TAI garden, chopped liver, latkes, tzimmes, pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, and brisket, plus a bake shop with homemade challah, mandelbrot, strudel, rugelach and more.

“We had such wonderful feedback from last year’s festival,” said event co-chair Pat Shraberg. “The bake shop sold out in record time, and almost everything else was gone by the time the festival was over.”

This year’s festival will feature a tent village on the Temple lawn that will seat up to 120 people. Plus, TAI is partnering with a neighborhood business, Mirror Twin Brewing, to provide beer for the festival. “We’ve been referring to it as Mirror Chai Life,” Shraberg said.

Tickets for the festival are $20 a person; children 12 and younger may piggyback on an adult ticket. Each ticket will allow up to 16 samples, depending on the value assigned to each item.

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