More than 5,000 attend Nosh Fest

More than 5,000 people attended the seventh annual Nosh Fest at Temple Beth Emet in Cooper City recently according to event organizers.

The Nosh Fest annually raises both awareness and funds for various not for profit food organizations in South Florida, such as Feeding South Florida, We Care Food Pantry at the Soref Jewish Community Center in Plantation, among many others.

“The Nosh Fest is a family feast in addition to providing awareness and funds to the various organizations that has attracted thousands upon thousands of people each year,” said Sara Lipman, who co-chaired the 2016 Nosh Fest with Gail Levi.

As was the case at the past six Nosh Fest events. admission for the event was a donation of five canned food items or five dollars. Funds were also raised for purchasing food items from the many vendors and exhibits at the event.

“What made the event so much fun is the enthusiasm of the children and seeing families participating together at the Nosh Fest,” said magician Mitchell Davis, who offered both comedy and magic tricks at the event.

Entertainment by the South Florida Cloggers Dance Troupe and an exhibition of martial arts by the Nee’s Kung Fu performers blended in with the many samplings from food vendors of local businesses.

Food items that were sold and sampled included bagels, burgers, macaroni and cheese, pastrami, pita bread, pizza, in addition to many beverages and chef demonstrations from gourmet restaurants.

Young children participated in the making of ice cream sandwiches as well as participating in PJ Library Preschool Story Time, bounce house and various craft activities, including face painting.

“I was pleased with the turnout which seems to grow every year. Nosh Fest is wonderful event that serves our community while providing delicious ‘tastes of Jewish foods,’ entertainment and cooking demonstrations,” said Susan Kraizgrun, president of Temple Beth Emet.

“It is a mitzvah to see our temple members and visitors fill the Feeding South Florida truck full of canned goods and non-perishable items that are desperately needed, especially at this time of the year. We continue to encourage people to continue to donate food to their local food banks all year long,” said Kraizgrun.

To learn more about Nosh Fest and Temple Beth Emet, 4807 S. Flamingo Road in Cooper City, call 954-680-1882 or go to

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