Salt beef, sushi, whisky and champagne, all the kosher fun of the fair
PO L I S H O F F y o u r t a s t i ng gl a s s a nd sharpen your elbows — this year’s Kosher Food and Wine Experience is only just around the corner, with more exhibitors than ever.
The huge food and wine tasting — conceived originally by the Herzog family, to showcase Kedem’s kosher wines and spirits — is now a calendar fixture for many of London’s kosher wine cognoscenti.
“This year will be a little bit different — the Park Lane Hotel has been modernised and refurbished,” explains Morris Herzog, the managing director of Kedem Europe and Royal Wine Europe, “and we will be launching several new wines”.
After several years, the formula might have started to get a little tired, so the Herzogs and co-founder, Arieh Wagner — the food part of the experience — have made a few tweaks this time around to keep customers on their toes.
“This year it will be more or less the same format — you don’t change a winning horse — but there will be a few different dishes on offer and we have rearranged the space to stop it being so c r o wde d , ” s a y s Wagn e r, who has been b e h i n d the popular sushi/ s a l t b e e f menu since the event’s inception.
“We had 800 guests l a s t y e a r, which was a lot, so we are capping the numbers this year and upping the quality of the experience by dividing the dining between two areas. The same menu will be offered in the main downstairs area, as well as in an additional upstairs area.”
On the menu this year will be a pasta station with various sauces, duck pancakes, sushi, lamb tagine with couscous or rice, the usual salt beef carvery and a panini station with salt beef and cold cuts of meat.
According to Herzog there will be 100 VIP tickets on offer, which entitle the bearers to a number of exclusive experiences: an enhanced food menu served in a private area — no need for those razor-sharp elbows in there — with a range of premium wines on offer which will not be available in the main wine-tasting room.
“In the VIP lounge there will be private dining, as well as premium vintage whisky tastings, unique wines and a foie gras station,” says Herzog.
At £100 per head, the VIP ticket (which bizarrely will include a free cigar) is not cheap, but should offer a premium experience, with some very special wines available to taste including Flam Nobel, CB by Pelter and some of Herzog’s vintage wines.
In the main show area, joining the familiar winemakers, will be some new faces. From America comes the best-named winery — why has no one used it before? — Hagafen Wine Cellars and from Israel there is “Matar by Pelter”, the kosher label from the Pelter winery — one of
Californian newcomer Hagafen Cellars