Highlights of Kosherfest 2012

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I feel like Kosherfest was a few days ago, but I know it wasn’t. I have been going through my photos and samples, and remembering who I met and spoke to at the event. For me, it was fantastic time. I met (and re-met) so many people, and tried so many different things from so many different places! The world of kosher is really expanding, and there are now products for people who eat all types of diets.

This year seemed to focus on “alternative” products – products for the gluten free, dairy free, wheat free consumer. One of the things that fascinated me the most was a line of products..from coconuts? There was coconut flour, sugar, oil, even vinegar. These products were brought to the show from the Philippines, and I had to ask: how do you use coconut flour? Apparently you can replace up to 25% of a more traditional flour source with the coconut flour. It doesn’t rise, so it is better suited to something like cookies versus cakes.

There was a vendor showcasing a form of a corn crisp/cake that I found interesting because 1) it tasted really good plain and 2) it didn’t crumble! I love rice and corn cakes, but cannot stand that they crumble.

Another product that stood out was a corn tortilla! I have never seen (til Kosherfest) a kosher corn tortilla that was available in the grocery store! When I found out about these I went to the store and bought two packages..they are that delicious! Look for them under the Yossi’s Bakery label.

What would be amazing on a corn tortilla for a gluten-free FLT (facon, lettuce and tomato) wrap? FACON. That’s right, no mis-spelling. Kosher form of bacon, from Jack’s Gourmet. And I have to say, (and I can say this with authority) it is the closest thing the kosher world has to the non-kosher product. It won top awards at Kosherfest, and there is no doubt as to why. This is a must-buy product.

 

For the meat-free consumer, you would be missing out if you did not try to get Seasoned Seitan. A high-protein meatless product, it is thin and has a delicious meaty flavor. I am extremely skeptical of meat replacements, (they usually taste artificial, or they are hard to digest for me) but this one I will be buying. 3 thin slices of this product contain 25 grams (25!) of protein.

Now to my favorites: desserts! This was the year of the gelato. One took top awards, and two others were showcased that were really something else. It is time this dessert came into its own (kosher-wise) and this seemed to be the year.

We all know Gelato Petrini took a top award for their delicious chocolate gelato, and it was impressive. However, I deliberately go away from the trends and the crowds and as always I was not disappointed. KOV Gelato and Gelato Giuliana were two to have not missed.

KOV’s Gelato is completely dairy, soy, gluten AND nut free, so they use coconut milk as their base. I tried the chocolate raspberry, and despite the coconut flavor, it was not overwhelming at all.

 

Gelato Giuliana does all fruit based gelato flavors, and it is literally all fruit. You could tell there was nothing artificial in the product at all. I will proudly say I visited her twice for her cantaloupe gelato.

There were so many products to try, and it was really difficult to pick out my absolute rave-about favorites. G-d willing I will try to put pictures of my other favorites on my Pinterest boards!

 

Comments

  1. Thank you so much for the review of all of these products! Wish I could have been there, so it’s so great to get a bit of insight into these products!

  2. Great roundup of products Sarah, it was a perfect representation.

    • sarahklinkowitz says:

      Thank you so very much! It was amazing to see you and Jamie at Kosherfest -it really made the event for me!

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