Hazon Michigan Jewish Food Festival was back in action for the fourth year bringing Metro Detroit Jews together with new learning experiences.

Photography by John Hardwick

On Sunday, Aug. 18, an estimated 7,000 people took part in the the fourth Annual Hazon Michigan Jewish Food Festival, designed to bring Metro Detroit Jews together to gain awareness in the areas of food, food justice, sustainability and health.

Hazon estimates 7,000 people enjoyed the festival.

This year’s festival featured approximately 160 Jewish organizations, local vendors and justice groups. New this year was the Lab for Sustainability Cove, featuring workshops on how to cook with scraps in Make Food Not Waste and the Hazon Bike Blender, which allowed guests to make a smoothie with bicycle power and no electricity.

Also new was an Artspace that featured art made from repurposed and recycled items, student work from Soul Studio and a workshop from the Detroit Institute of Arts that had attendees make pins out of art slides. Hazon had guests turn old festival T-shirts into shopping bags.

Signal Return allowed guests to print a special quote using letter press technique and no electricity. A local veteran’s business, which uses scrap leather from automakers to make shoes and wallets, provided demonstrations.

A young visitor gets up close with a feathered friend at the MSU Tollgate farm.

People could also head to the MSU Tollgate Farm, which featured information about caring for animals, a greyhound dog rescue and a chalk artist who worked alongside kids.

Farmers at the festival were not only selling produce but were also asked to provide samples of unusual vegetables they grow on their land.

Tova Schreiber of the Jewish Historical Society dressed as an apple peddler giving out apples.

Many connections and learning experiences took place during the five-hour festival, according to its director, Marla Schloss.

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