Gefiltefest 2013 - 'biggest yet'

Tarryn Klotnick, Louise Jacobs, Claudia Roden and Michael Leventhal at Gefiltefest 2012

Tarryn Klotnick, Louise Jacobs, Claudia Roden and Michael Leventhal at Gefiltefest 2012

Gefiltefest, the annual celebration of Jewish food, takes place today, with around 600 people expected to attend.

The event includes cooking demonstrations, learning sessions, hands-on activities and a children’s programme.

It is the fourth time the event has been run and promises to be the “biggest yet", according to founder Michael Leventhal. Highlights are an Ashkenazi versus Sephardi cook-off, hands-on challah baking and the Gefiltefest Food Awards 2013 , which recognise the public's favourite kosher shops and restaurants.

More than 75 volunteers from across the community have been involved in preparing the kosher festival , which takes place at the London Jewish Cultural Centre's Ivy House, in Golders Green.

Mr Leventhal said: “Food is one thing that can unite people . There are very few things that can do that – food can bring people together.”

Last updated: 6:45am, May 19 2013