Kosherfest Events Has Something For Everyone

For the last several years, Temple of Aaron has hosted the Crossriver Kosherfest as a way to bring a wide array of Kosher foods to one spot in the Twin Cities. This year, Kosherfest will leave the walls of Temple of Aaron – for adults, anyway – move to one of the new foodie hotspots in St. Paul.

On Jan. 27, adults will be congregating at Keg & Case Market on West 7th Street, while earlier in the day, Temple of Aaron will let kids in on the fun with Kosher Candyland from 10 a.m.-noon.

“We want to give people an opportunity to see something new,” said Rabbi Jeremy Fine. “Keg & Case has two kosher vendors right now, and for the night of, there will two others that might be certified going forward. We’re trying to grow Kashrut.”

Forest to Fork, which serves mushrooms grown onsite, will serve a kosher soup for the evening, and Spinning Wylde cotton candy will also be Hechshered for the evening. Dough Dough edible cookie dough and Nothing Bundt Cakes will also be on hand. The out of town meat vendor this year is Adamah Neighborhood Table from Madison.

There will also be tours of Clutch Brewery and the whole market, author Leah Koenig will be doing signings of her Modern Jewish Cooking, and Nancy Fink of Spoon Optional and Rachael Vegas from Brandless will be doing presentations.

“There is definitely a conscious effort in Minnesota to eat local and support small businesses,” Fine said. “There has also been a boom in kashrut in the Twin Cities in the last couple years.”

Kosher Candyland was Rabbi Micah Miller’s idea to bring to the forefront how much we already interact with Kosher food and candy, even though they don’t realize it.

“We’re trying to do it for kids because they know the candy and we’re trying to make it fun for them,” Miller said.

Kosher Candyland will follow the game Candyland closely, Miller said. Parts of the synagogue will be turned into the game. The kids will search for King Kosher to take him to his Kosher candy castle.

“There will be different stations where the kids are interacting with candy, using candy for science experiments, or building and making art out of candy,” he said. “And there will be a component that highlights what is kosher about it. They won’t be eating every single thing at every stop.

“If we can highlight and make fun for kids to see, and also parents, how we’re enacting Judaism in a different way. It’s nice for us to see we are connecting with heritage in a different way.”

Limited tickets are available online for the evening event at Keg & Case Market for $25 each.