Cooking up a storm for Leeds food fans at new Jewish festival

Or Nehushtan and Rony Levy, also known as the 'hairy bakers'.
Or Nehushtan and Rony Levy, also known as the 'hairy bakers'.
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CHEFS in north Leeds are cooking up a storm and creating some tasty treats for a brand new Jewish food festival.

Hundreds of food fans are expected at the Big Jewish NOSH Festival at the Etz Chaim Synagogue on Sunday, February 23.

The venue’s main hall will be transformed into a buzzing market place, which will be jam-packed with dozens of food and drink stalls.

Cooking demonstrations, children’s activities and an art exhibition will be held.

Helen Frais, cultural director, said: “This festival is really a celebration of Jewish culture as well as a chance to try new and exciting food.

“Everyone is welcome to join in and we would like to see you all there on the day.”

International cooking demonstrations will be held by local Leeds connoisseurs from 11.15am.

Demonstrations will include sushi, curry and Middle Eastern dishes.

Sandy Firth, who previously won Channel Four’s ‘Jewish Mum of the Year’ accolade, will be creating her Viennese Strudel, whilst kitchen host and comedian Howard Lee keeps the cooks and audience entertained.

Professional chocolatier, David Mendes, will step on stage to make a chocolate mousse and visitors will also get the chance to quiz a panel of local food experts including vice president of the Guild of Food Writers, Clarissa Hyman.

A café will also be selling burgers, shawarma, hot salt beef sandwiches and vegetarian dishes.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, councillor Tom Murray, will visit the festival to officially open it at around 12.30pm on Sunday.

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The new food festival has been organised by Leeds-based Makor, which has also staged events such as JFest International and the Jewish Art Exhibition.

The food festival runs from 10.30am to 5pm on Sunday, February 23.

It will be held at the Etz Chaim Synagogue, on Harrogate Road, Moortown.

Tickets are available on the door and cost £5 for adults or £2.50 for children.

For more information, you can visit the website at

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