Being at Kosherfest kind of makes me want to go home and take a shower, but there are a number of funny and awesome things about this gathering:
–There is some really good food and great products sprinkled among the usual (and bad) suspects. Holy Cow Beef Jerky looks like it could be good. Natureâ€™s Select Smart Cookies are fantastic. Toobro cheeses are of much higher quality than I ever could have expected, and the KosherKeepers containers are a fantastic and simple idea that many households will want to use.
– Ethnic foods are beginning to make some inroads. Thereâ€™s nothing really revolutionary here, but I id see some Mexican, Japanese and Indian foods. As these get more popular I think kosher food will get better and more interesting.
–Every kosher meat booth here is emphasizing that theyâ€™re organic and all-natural. I donâ€™t know that that means anything, but they all look significantly better than Rubashkins ever did. It seems like a step in the right direction, at the very least.
– The variety of kosher wines and liquors is growing all the time, and is already fairly diverse and interesting.
– There are excellent pickle and olive samples all over the place.
– Thereâ€™s a shocking number of good-looking people at this trade show.
– Thereâ€™s a lot of talk about making kosher food healthier and more nutritious (but I think most of it is just talk and nothing else).
Pronounced: KOH-sher, Origin: Hebrew, adhering to kashrut, the traditional Jewish dietary laws.