Buenos Aires to hold first kosher products and Jewish culture festival

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The Buenos Aires city government will hold its first kosher products and Jewish culture festival.

The Buenos Aires Celebrates Kosher festival on Sunday, Aug. 4 will be held in Barrancas de Belgrano city park, one of the largest in the Argentinian capital. The free event is being organized by the city’s tourism agency and promoted by the Ministry of Culture.

“We will put on display a public fair with all the kosher options of our city — food, ingredients to prepare kosher food at home, hotels and accommodations who offer kosher options to visitors, and also books, crafts and music,” said Jaqueline Zeitouni, the Buenos Aires kosher program coordinator.

Eleven hotels have kosher certification, and the city’s website includes information about kosher restaurants, synagogues and other Jewish sites. The local market for kosher food reportedly is about $25 million a year. The Jewish population of Buenos Aires is about 156,000, with another 244,000 in the greater area. — jta