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Capital Jewish Food Festival

Sunday, October 9, 2022 11am–4 pm


  • Capital Jewish Food Festival
    F Street, between 2nd and 3rd Streets, NW, Washington, DC



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Speaker/Presenter: Michael Twitty, African-American Jewish Writer, Culinary Historian, and Educator
Sunday, October 9, 11am – 4pm
F Street, between 2nd and 3rd Streets, NW, Washington, DC

Enjoy a wide variety of foods from local restaurants while learning about DC’s Jewish culinary scene and engaging with organizations fighting for food justice and sustainability. Highlights include tasting samples, cooking demonstrations, interactive workshops, headline speaker Michael Twitty, and more.

General Admission Ticket Prices are available from Tuesday, September 6 through Saturday, October 8 at 11:59pm. Day of Admission Tickets can only be purchased with a credit card and will not include Tasting Tickets. Ages 5 and Under are free. Members: 15% off at purchase. [Details: See FAQs & Policies]

Ticket Level: General

Day Of [Admission Only]:$8

  • Admission to the Festival 
  • Up to 15 Tasting Tickets, for bite-sized food and drink samples, based on ticket level 
  • Ample food and beverage for purchase 
  • Interactive opportunities exploring how to combat food insecurity and build sustainable practices 
  • Food For Thought: Discover DC’s Jewish culinary history 
  • Live cooking demonstrations by internationally known chefs Susan Barocas and Vered Guttman
  • Access to main stage programs 
  • Access to Beer and Wine Garden 
  • Joan Nathan, welcome and book signing
  • Michal Spins, emcee and DJ
  • Michael Twitty, James Beard Award-winning author of Cooking Gene  and Koshersoul, in conversation with multimedia food journalist Nycci Nellis, followed by a Q&A
  • Workshops exploring sustainability and food justice with the Anacostia Community Museum 

Local author Michael Twitty is an African-American Jewish writer, culinary historian, and educator. He is the author of the James Beard Award-winning title, The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South (HarperCollins/Amistad, 2018), and the recently released Koshersoul: The Faith and Food Journey of an African American Jew (HarperCollins, August 2022). Twitty will be joined in conversation with multimedia food journalist and industry leader Nycci Nellis. Koshersoul will be on sale at the Festival. A book signing will follow the conversation.

Twitty will take the stage at 1:30pm.

Baked by Yael*
Bread Furst
Call Your Mother
Catalyst Hot Dogs
City-State Brewing
Compass Coffee
Cork Wine Bar & Market
Corned Beef King
Eat the Change
Immigrant Food
Jerusalem Mediterranean
Little Sesame
PLNT Burger*
Prescription Chicken
Shewa Ethiopian Restaurant
Silver & Sons BBQ 
Sunflower Bakery*
The Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse

* Kosher Certified / For all dietary guidelines, please see the FAQ & Policies below.

City Blossoms
Compost Cab
Edlavitch DCJCC
Food Rescue US-DC
The Green Scheme
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
1882 Foundation

11:30 am Cooking Demo with Susan Barocas

12:05 pm Welcome Remarks featuring Joan Nathan
(followed by book signing)

12:30 pm Strawberry Jam: Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

1:30 pm Michael Twitty in conversation with Nycci Nellis
(followed by book signing)

2:40 pm Designing Food Justice: Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

3:00 pm Cooking Demo with Vered Guttman

All Day Emcee and DJ Michal Spins

Generous underwriting for this program is provided, in part, by an Anonymous donor in support of Michael Twitty’s appearance. Additional support is provided by DowntownDC BID, the Embassy of Israel to the United States, Howard Morse and Laura Loeb through the Morse-Loeb Fund, Nussdorf Charitable Fund, and other friends of CJM.

In kind support is provided by World Centric.

Media support provided by Nycci Nellis and The List Are You On It.

Thank you to Susan Barocas, Bonnie Benwick, Lori Gardner, Vered Guttman, Melissa Hausfeld, Ellen Kasoff, Robert Marvin, Stacy Miller, Joan Nathan, Lauren Newman, and Nick Wiseman for their guidance and support.

Alpha Epsilon Pi at American University  –  American University Family Programs Office  –  Americans for Ben-Gurion University  –  Bender JCC of Greater Washington  –  Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School  –  Congregation Adat Reyim  –   GatherDC  –  GW Hillel  –  Hebrew Free Loan Association of Greater Washington  –  JCRC of Greater Washington  –  The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington  –  Jewish Life at Georgetown  –  Jewish Veg  –  Mason Hillel  –  Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital  – Mishkan Torah Synagogue  –  PJ Library  –  Sixth & I  –  Temple Shalom  –  Tzedek DC  –  Washington Hebrew Congregation

How it Works: Attendees will receive a wristband for entry and Tasting Tickets as commensurate with their admission ticket level. (See Tickets for more information.) One Tasting Ticket equals one vendor sample. Samples are pre-selected by the vendors. Tasting Tickets are only available with the purchase of an admission ticket. / Day of ticket sales will be for admission only. Tasting Tickets will not be sold on the day of the Festival.

Children: Admission tickets are required for all visitors. Ages 5 and Under are free. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Family programming will be provided by our community partners.

Dietary Guidelines: Sunflower Bakery, Plnt Burger and Baked by Yael are kosher certified. No pork or shellfish will be served. Kosher parve and dairy options will be available. / All restaurants will provide information about potential allergens. / Vegan foods will be available. Eat the Change and Plnt Burger are dedicated vegan vendors.

Alcoholic Beverages: If you plan to drink alcoholic beverages, you must show a valid I.D. at the entrance. Vendors reserve the right to request an I.D. as needed.

Refunds / Cancellations: All ticket sales are final and non-transferable. Full payment is required at the time of placing the reservation. The Festival will take place rain or shine.

Accessories: No coolers, smoking/vaping, pets, or outside food* or drinks are permitted. [*Except items for infants and small children.] No bags larger than a diaper bag will be permitted. All bags will be searched at entry.

Location / Entrance: At F Street, between 2nd and 3rd Streets, NW, alongside the new museum at 575 Third Street, NW, Washington DC. The Festival will take place outside with significant portions under tents. / Enter at 3rd and F Streets.

Parking / Transit: Limited street parking is available and free on Sundays. Off-site parking can be arranged through SpotHero. / Take Metro’s Red Line to Judiciary Square, use the National Building Museum exit.

Photography: Photography and video are permitted for personal, non-commercial use. / Photographs taken by Museum staff during the program may be used for educational and promotional purposes in print and online publications. Attendance at the event implies your consent.

Safety: Museum staff and visitors have the right to an environment free from abusive, threatening, or inappropriate behavior. Weapons of any kind are prohibited. The Museum reserves the right to remove any person acting in an unacceptable or inappropriate manner.

Weather: The Festival will take place rain or shine.

COVID-19: The Festival will take place outside with significant portions under tents. Protocols follow DC Health guidelines and will be updated accordingly. Covid-19 vaccinations and face coverings may not be required, but are encouraged for all visitors.

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