On February 5, Royal Wine hosted its Annual Kosher Wine and Food Experience. In its twelfth year, this event is in response to the demand of the kosher food and beverage world. It’s also proof that demand for kosher food is growing. The word “kosher” refers to preparation that satisfies the requirements of Jewish law. This event was perfectly timed for preparation for Passover, which will be March 30th – April 7th this year.

Hundreds of food and wine vendors gathered ready to show off their finest fare. This experience showcased a vast variety of options from sushi and Asian cuisine to sandwiches, jerky and barbecue.Over 2,500 hungry guests attended this highly anticipated event.

The Food

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Guests gawked and gathered at tables and raved about all of the delicious options. Among the favorites were the lamb belly and orange ginger sauce from T Fusion Steakhouse and the meatballs from Judd’s Memphis Kitchen. Abigael’s also proved to be among the most well-known in the room. These vendors showcased the finest cuts of meats, including bison, lamb and duck, just to name a few.

The experience had an entire area dedicated to desserts. I enjoyed The Nuttery nut bar and Sesame donuts. Urban Pops NY was a crowd favorite. Urban Pops had a variety of flavors. Their table also had several dips and toppings. 

Urban Pops NYC
Photo by Urban Pops NYC.

The Drinks

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Guests were also invited to indulge in over 700 wines and spirits, ranging from $6 to $500. LVOV Vodka was an exciting feature at this year’s event as well. Distilled from beets, the vodka was presented in a refreshing cocktail. Other noteworthy beverage appearances included a tequila made from wild agave and wines from Chateau Remo, a new boutique winery from Israel’s Galilee.

Whether you were in search of a caterer for your next event, dining and takeout options or even to do it yourself at home, this experience offered something for everyone. They even did demonstrations and passed out Passover cookbooks as takeaways. This experience, from the vendors showcased and the variety of options offered to the number of guests in attendance is likely to continue to expand in years to come.

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It’s been over a month since the Kosher Food & Wine Expo but I came across a few products that are still on my mind. In order for an item to be Kosher, it has to be prepared or simply satisfy the requirements of the Jewish Law. A lot of the products were only actually available at Kosher wine and spirit shops but there was such a variety that it would be impossible for it to be just limited to that.

Kosher Food and Wine Expo Wine bottles
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Kosher Food and Wine Expo Guest
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The event was hosted at Chelsea Piers and the check in process was extremely seamless and organized. We were greeted with custom wine glasses which wouldn’t be empty for long. Over 400 wine and spirits would be awaiting us so it’s safe to say the event producers, Royal wine, out did themselves. As we approach passover, the demand for Kosher Wines will be increasing and with products ranging from $6 a bottle to $250 – there was something at the Kosher Food and Wine Expo for everyone.

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Kosher Food and Wine Expo Chef
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The room was broken down into two parts. At least 60% of the room was filled with wine and spirits vendors and the other half was the gourmet fare. As much as there was a wide range of wines available, there were also many conversations going on amongst owners, sommeliers and distributors. From lychee flavored wine to spice whiskeys, each table offered something interesting and multiple variations as well.

Kosher Food and Wine Expo Chocolate Liqueur
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Kosher Food and Wine Expo Buzz Balls
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I recently tried a product called buzz balls which is a small packaged punch you can likely get at your local liquor store. What I learned at the Kosher Food and Wine expo was that this delicious product came in a ton of flavors and are perfect for events and hosting guest. The packaging makes it so the product floats so it’s perfect for pool parties and BBQ events which are hosted outdoors. As the industry is changing, the Kosher Food and Wine expo really gives a space for these business’s to showcase what’s next in our world.

Kosher Food and Wine Expo Food Table
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Kosher Food and Wine Expo Wandering Que
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There were also multiple food spreads and chefs live in action. Our friends Wandering Que who won last year’s Brisket King were also showing off multiple dishes. They had a meat based brittle that tasted like the sweetest candy.

Kosher Food and Wine Expo Meatball
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Kosher Food and Wine Expo Vendor
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The highlight of the expo was definitely Walders for me. Their mixologist made two of the best drinks I had all afternoon. Their mixers were so good that I ended up leaving the event after having them because I didn’t want to ruin the experience for myself. I look forward to being back next year.

Kosher Food and Wine Expo Mixologist
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Kosher Food and Wine Expo Walders
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