Guess what! This year I decided to round up a few ideas for Tu Be'Av because they all looked so good. So enjoy!
WHEN: Tu Be'Av formally takes place from Thursday Eve Aug 11th till Sundown of Aug 12th, but the shows go on so enjoy!
#1 - Three Big Festivals in the Galilee
The Galilean celebration will begin on Tuesday by one of the biggest festivals in Israel: the "International Klezmer Festival", which is taking place for the 35th year (9-11.8) and will include dozens of music performances with the greatest artists in Israel and a variety of outdoor events - all in the open air and with free admission to the general public. For the first time, a 'Klezmer Trail' will be activated in the alleys of the Old City that will integrate stages where dozens of shows will be held every day (starting at 20:00) and other points of interest with musicians, stalls, street artists, authentic klezmer and more. You can read more about it in my previous post: "Safed's Summer - Six Days of Wonder".
The second Galilean festival will take place on Wednesday, August 10, for the first time, in Rosh Pina, called 'Festival in Pina'. The festival will combine magical nights of music, art and local cuisine hosting artisans' fairs, live performances, creative workshops, breweries and food with two major evening events. on Wednesday, August 10 from 6:00 p.m. at the soccer field in Rosh Pina - art and food stalls, the band 'Shulchan Leshisha', the local ensemble 'The Corner Heads', and the main event - 'Jimbo J and the Spa Band' culminating in a dance party. On Wednesday 17.8 at the same place - the 'Hadag Nahash' in a huge show in collaboration with Bimot Pais. Tickets may be purchased on the Galil Golan website.
Last, but not least, if you're spirited enough to lose some sleep, the celebration will take place at 4:00 in the morning on Friday 12.8 (Tu Ba'v) at Marom HaGalil, via "Festival Bein HaKramim - Among the Vineyards" (12-18.8). The event which includes outdoor music shows from sunset to sunrise includes four huge shows with unique collaborations of musicians. The first sunrise show by Ehud Banai with Noshi Paz at Tu Be'av will take place at the Amphitheater in the Livnim settlement facing the view of the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Mountains. Three additional shows will take place in the Ein Hozim forest one of the special show complexes in Israel. The first evening event combines two shows - Yoram Gaon followed by Avraham Fried who will host Aviv Gefen (15.8), later in the week - Idan Amedi who will host Avraham Tal (16.8) and at the end of the week the closing show - Ishay Ribo hosting Akiva and Natan Goshen (18.8). During the festival, there will be several sattelite events, including Galilean fairs in various settlements in the Upper Galilee, including Amirim, Kerem Ben Zimra and Dalton, music events and tours, free children's shows and other activities for the whole family. Details on these and purchasing of tickets may be done through the special 2beav website.
#2 - Take a Deep Breath of Heady Lavender Perfume at Kibbutz Ein Zivan
Ein Zivan Tourism invites you on Tuesday, August 11-12, 2022 and throughout the month of August, to a special agricultural experience, at the new Lavender field farm called 'Havat Sade', founded by the entrepreneur and farmer, Ruth Sade from Kibbutz Ein Zivan. Ruth specializes in flower agriculture including growing, drying, oil extraction and the production of products from the flowers. Her leading plantation is the Lavender crop, but she also produces aromatic products from Damask rose such as rose water distillate and products from licorice. The 'Lavender Field Farm' covers an area of about 20 acres and is located in the heart of the kibbutz, 970 meters above sea level and overlooking the Golan Heights.
Starting from the beginning of August, towards the end of the purple blossom harvest season, which this year was more abundant than usual, Ruth Sade will hold guided tours, among the perfume beds, explaining the stages of harvesting, drying the flowers, viewing the extraction process and experimenting with the extracted oils.
The farm also offers a rich picnic basket made by the kibbutz with hand-made pretzels, a selection of local cheeses and spreads, pastries from the local 'Mattarello' café, iced tea from field plants, local wine from the Palter Winery, and more. The basket is served on mats in cozy corners under the oak trees on the farm, next to hammocks.
To complete the experience, you can join a workshop for weaving flowers learning a weaving technique for making a round wreath of dry fragrant field flowers for hanging. The farm has a 'Bouquet' shop where the farm's products are offered for purchase: scented soaps, oils from flower extracts, baskets, candles, lavender pots, flower bouquets and more.
Ein Zivan Tourism also offers self-picking of blueberries and black raspberries, in the 'Bustan Bereshit' orchard in Ein Zivan, wine tastings in the two wineries in Ein Zivan: Palter Winery and Bahat Winery (kosher), Mattarello Bakery, a hummus place 'Hahummusiya', the Boutique Factory for chocolate 'De Karina' with accommodation in a resort in the Kibbutz in wooden cabins, for couples and families as well as tent camping in the 'Bustan Bereshit' orchard.
Prices at 'Havat Sade' include:
A couples' picnic basket - 195 NIS (wine with additional charge)
Guided tours - 35 NIS per person (for over 4 participants at 30 NIS per person). The tour duration is 40 minutes.
A flower weaving workshop (from age 9) - 65 NIS per person.
'Havat Sade' operates on Sunday-Friday, between 10:00-15:30. For bookings call: 077-6020727
It is recommended to come to the tour with closed shoes.
#3 - A Special Tu Be'Av Menu at THE PALACE Restaurant at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Jerusalem
Chef Itzik Mizrahi Barak has created a particularly romantic menu with high-quality and meticulous dishes from Jerusalem's Mediterranean cuisine. The luxurious, intimate and warm atmosphere of the Palace restaurant, combined with the courteous service, the dishes, the decor, the atmosphere and the music, provide, in addition to the excellent food, a perfect romantic experience.
The Tu Be'av menu, will be served through the week, between the Aug 7th-11th, consists of five sharing dishes for couples and 2 glasses of cocktails to choose from at a cost of 325 NIS per diner.
So what's on the menu?
Sea fish kubaniya, crispy lettuce leaves and lemon aioli
Barbounia mejujim, kalamata olive arisa and pepper sauce
Chestnut filled Tortellini filled in coconut milk and mushroom sauce
Roasted duck breast, dates stuffed with duck leg confit, caramelized sweet potato, crispy spinach leaves, grape stock and pomegranate concentrate
2 glasses of special cocktails to choose from, made for Tu Be'av Bouquet/ Harmony/ Midnight Express
In addition to the festive menu, the diners will also be able to enjoy the newly launched menu dishes at the Palace, which include a wide variety of starters and main courses.
The menu at the Palace is characterized by Jerusalem dishes that make use of local produce such as root vegetables and spices concocted by the hotel's chef Itzik Mizrahi Barak. The Palace's new menu combines all the flavors, smells and atmosphere that the chef experienced from his home (Urfali Halabi), his surroundings and the people he grew up with in Jerusalem who inspired him.
Chef Itzik Mizrahi Barak, 9th generation in Jerusalem, his grandfather, Yitzhak Mizrahi (known as Zaki the Mokhtar of the Nachalat Shiva neighborhood), was one of the founders of the famous Mahane Yehuda market. Chef Mizrahi Barak has rich culinary experience from Israel and the world. He served as the head chef in one of the leading luxury hotels in Israel for many years and in the prestigious catering of Paul Assenheim.
As part of his training, he traveled many times throughout the United States, Japan, and Hong Kong. Among other things, Chef Itzik Barak underwent further training in the New York restaurants Daniel Boulud, Eric Ripert's Le Bernardin, and Thomas Keller's Per-Se, in Paris, at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Shangari-La, Landmark Mandarin in Paris and Hong Kong and also at Chef Gordon Ramsay's restaurant at the Hilton Tokyo Conrad Hotel.
THE PALACE (Kosher Restaurant), Waldorf Astoria Hotel - 26 Gershon Agron, Jerusalem. Tel. for reservations 02-5423333.
Hours of operation: Sunday through Thursday from 6:30-22:30 (entry until 22:00). Closed on Saturday night.
The hotel allows free parking for two hours for diners in the restaurant.
Happy Tu Be'av!
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