In the wake of the 20th annual Olive Days festival in the North, comes the First (annual?) First Harvest Olive Oil Festival in the Negev.
Here’s a reasonably accurate translation of the official Festival announcement:
For the first time this year, the Olive Board of the Plants Production and Marketing Board, in cooperation with the Shikma – Bsor Tourism Association, will hold an Israeli Olive Oil Festival in the Negev, as part of the First Harvest celebrations. The festival will include musical performances, and selected restaurants will be serving special dishes using olive oils of the region. In addition, there will be agricultural tours to farms in the area.
The First Harvest Festival was inspired by the fact that then Negev has become a significant source of quality Israeli olive oil. The pioneering work of Professor Shimon Lavie and his team has resulted in the ability to grow olive trees in arid regions using drip irrigation, leading to a viable olive oil industry in the Negev. The festival also salutes the efforts of the olive farmers in the Negev, particularly in light of the difficult security situation they had to endure this past summer.
First Harvest olive oil is the virgin oil from the first fruits. Having just been pressed, the oil is extremely fresh. Unfiltered and unrefined, this oil retains its fresh aroma and intense flavors of the young olive fruit.
Olive Board director, Dr. Adi Na’ali says: “We decided to celebrate, for the first time this year, an olive oil festival in the Negev so as to recognize the efforts and accomplishments of the olive farmers in the Negev, who have accomplished wonders despite challenging climatic conditions, and also to identify with them in the wake of the difficult security situation they had to deal with during the summer. We invite the masses of Israel come and taste fresh, healthy oil, and join in our celebrations.”
The First Harvest Festival, which will be part of the Warm Winter events sponsored by the Ministry of Negev and Galilee Development, the Ministry of Tourism, and the Ministry of Culture and Sports, will run from Thursday December 4th through Saturday December 6th.
Thursday, December 4th at 21:00
- Jazz performance at the Artichoke restaurant in Mosha Gea
- Spanish-Latin performance at the Sines restaurant in the Sha’ar Hanegev industrial zone
The restaurants will serve special dishes based on olive oil from the area.
Friday, December 5th at 09:00- 15:00
First Harvest celebrations at the olive press in Moshav Yoshivia. The event will include:
- Olive oil tastings
- Lectures about olive oil and olive oil quality
- Musical performance
- Farmer’s market
- Olive press tours and demonstrations
- Sale of olive oil and olive oil products (cosmetics, etc.)
- Fair of local products
Saturday, December 6th
- Tze’ela Dairy Farm – Greek performance and tastings of cheese and olive oil
- Mavoch Miriam in Moshav Nir Moshe – Guided tours and “chef-actor” performance
- 20:00 – Musical by the singer Fernando at the Mides restaurant in Moshav Beror Hayil. The restaurant will be serving special dishes based on olive oils of the region.
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