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Monday, August 15, 2011

Israel's gourmet food festival

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Taam Ha'ir, now in its 15th year, recently returned to Tel Aviv for four tasty evenings in June.

About 20 of Tel Aviv's best restaurants offered generous samples of their fare to some 300,000 people during the four-day Taam Ha'ir, or Taste of the City, an annual gourmet food festival. Another 50 booths sold drinks and ingredients for home cooking, and there were children's workshops and charity sales.

The 15-year-old festival was held last year in Haifa, but it returned to Tel Aviv's Yehoshua Park for four tasty evenings in June.

We took a bite of some of the cuisine available, starting with beef over home fries in coffee sauce made by the chefs of Poike, and ending at El Babur, located outside the Arab-Israeli city of Nazareth and renowned for its gourmet Arab dishes such as ground lamb skewered on a long cinnamon stick.