Temple Sinai Food Festival Offers a Smorgasbord of Tradition
Bagels and blintzes and kugels — Oy vey! Too many choices!
This year’s Jewish Food Festival held annually in Sarasota was a real palate pleaser. The crowded fest, held near downtown at Temple Sinai, drew hundreds of patrons of all ages and religions, the common denominator being a love for traditional Jewish food. From knishes to matzo ball soup, brisket to baked goods, the array of homemade food was dazzling.
I selected a corn beef sandwich while my husband chose to nosh on a famed Carnegie Deli hot dog with spicy mustard and sauerkraut. We also purchased bagels and chopped liver on rye to consume at a later date. Wandering through the various venders and booths, we kibitzed with vendors and admired modern handcrafted jewelry, traditional Jewish jewelry and artifacts, and other colorful gifts. The festival even had plants for sale out back along with a small health fair.
By the time we got our little touches out of there, we were kvelling over the tasty offerings. I say Mazel Tov to all the Jewish mothers, bakers, and chefs who volunteered to pull off such a delectable experience!
The Sarasota Spectator
Our Sarasota Spectator is Betsy Miller, a retired high school teacher and college professor. Originally from Columbus, Betsy has fallen in love with the Gulf Coast of Florida, especially Sarasota. Blogging about the area has been a creative outlet for the writer, opening up an avenue of exploration. You may find the bon vivant enjoying happy hour at a tiki bar, shopping on historic Main Street, or seated at a concert or show at a local theater. Chances are you also might find her buried in a book on one of our beautiful beaches. Asked to give one word about her feelings for Sarasota, Betsy replied, “Smitten.”