Hazon Food Conference

Hazon Food Conference

August 01 - 05, 2018

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center
116 Johnson Road
Falls Village, CT 06031

Take a vacation at the home of farm-to-table Jewish food.

Expand your culinary repertoire while you experience the pleasure of harvesting your own organic fruits and veggies. Unpack the complexities of our global food system and connect to our ancient food tradition in a bucolic Berkshire setting.

- Enjoy outdoor wood-fire cooking, berry picking and veggie harvesting, late-night stargazing and bonfires, swimming, boating, hiking, and other summer-fun activities.
- Feast on kosher, organic, and ethically sourced farm-to-table cuisine.
- Develop a deeper relationship with your food and where it comes from.
- Learn with world-class experts, activists, artists, chefs, and community leaders.
- Strengthen your culinary skills with leading chefs.
- Examine issues of food justice and climate change.
- Celebrate Shabbat in a vibrant, pluralistic Jewish community, with three options for prayer services – renewal, traditional egalitarian, and orthodox.
- Young foodies – ages 5-12 – can learn alongside their parents and guardians in our specially designed Kids’ Food Conference. Click the “kids” tab to the right to learn more.
2017 Highlights

- Shortly after you arrive on Wednesday, take a tour through the Shuk, where participants and teachers will showcase their creations, books, and delectables.
- Jump right in on Thursday, when you can choose from a full day of sessions, ranging from cheese making, wild edibles, edible flowers, knife skills, pit cooking, condiments and sauces, bread making, cured meats, Indian cuisine and seasonal holiday meals, and much more.
- Thursday we’ll also have an outdoor food festival experience where chefs will be stationed and cooking up all kinds of delicious edibles – everything from smoked meats to fresh grilled veggies and pitas made on an open fire.
- Celebrate a pluralistic Shabbat which will include Renewal, Traditional Egalitarian, and Orthodox prayer services, a full day of learning sessions, and will conclude with havdalah and an all-out dance party under the stars with DJ M Dot.
- Our farm will be in full bloom so there will be an abundance of fresh produce for us to play with.
- Local Panel: Foodies & Farmers of the Berkshire Bioregion: Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center is located in the epicenter of a rapidly growing sustainable food scene. Meet some of the leaders, taste the fruits of their labor, and learn about how strong food values combined with great taste can create vibrant communities. Curated and convened by Mike Webster, Liz Vaknin, and Shelley Golan.
2017 Keynote Panel

What role does Jewish tradition play in creating a more just, delicious, nutritious, and culturally rooted food movement? Learn from and engage in a conversation with key visionaries who are guiding the growth of the food movement both within and beyond the borders of the Jewish community.

All of the sessions at the conference will fall under four tracks: Food Justice and Sustainability, Jewish Food Traditions, Cooking Demonstrations, and Health and Nutrition.

We will have four speakers on the panel and each one will speak through the lens of one of the four tracks. Panelists include: Mitchell Davis, VP of the James Beard Foundation: Jewish Food Traditions; Yael Lehmann, Executive Director of The Food Trust: Health and Nutrition; Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America: Food Justice and Sustainablity; and Liz Vaknin, Founder of Our Name is Farm: Cooking Demonstrations.

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      In cooperation with LOCAL PARTNERS

      Jewish Federation of Western MA  - Jewish Federation of the Berkshires