Gefilte fish and rock-hard matzo might be easy to drag through the desert, but they aren't exactly culinary marvels. Luckily, Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel's annual Deli Days celebration helps to showcase all of the delicious aspects of Jewish grub.
Boise Weekly New Media Czar Josh Gross schlepped out to the food festival June 21 to sample some of the assorted offerings.
"In addition to the requisite corned beef and pastrami on rye, the kosher dogs and dills and the mountains of steaming knishes, there are tables upon tables of baked delights: challah bread, brownies made with Dead Sea salt, cheesecakes and enough kugel to make sure people pop that top button on their pants after the meal," Gross gushed.
Moving from culinary diaspora to cultural diaspora, World Refugee Day took over The Grove June 23. Capital City Public Market shoppers wandered by as 25 refugees from 12 different nations became new U.S. citizens with family and supporters looking on.
According to BW intern Amy Merrill: "The area surrounding the Grove stage was filled with dozens of onlookers and ethnic booths. Vendors sold food, jewelry, housewares and more from myriad different countries. The smell wafting from a nearby booth selling African sambusas, a savory pastry, drew a steady stream of customers while dancers showcased moves from their native countries on stage."
Volunteers at the fifth-annual Idaho Green Expo spent all night June 22 reassembling tents at Expo Idaho after a wind storm ravaged the parking lot. Luckily, everything was back in working order before the expo opened June 23.
According to BW freelancer Harrison Berry, there were "between 140-150 booths, 116 of which were inside the Expo building itself. Hidden from the summer sun were solar panel exhibits, geothermal water heater demonstrations, businesses selling everything from cookies to glassware and even environmentally conscious clubs."
And moving from glassware to bluegrass, the 60th annual National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest and Festival wrapped up June 23 in Weiser. BW freelancer Andrew Mentzer was there to check out the hullabaloo:
"Musicians from around the world--along with thousands of spectators from around the region--made the trek to the otherwise quiet town for some good ol'-fashioned folk, country and bluegrass music. While fiddles were the focal point of the get-together, there were also some excellent riffs from talented guitar, mandolin, banjo and bass players," Mentzer said.
Visit boiseweekly.com for a slideshow of all the Weiser Fiddle Fest action.