Jam-Productions in Association with ILLUME Media & Zabihah.com Presents Halal Fest 2013
InshaAllah next time we will be much better prepared and will make sure to not only have more Halal Food Vendors, but also more space for people to sit and eat, as well as more activities for children and families to enjoy. Halal Fest 2.0 will be Bigger and Better, InshaAllah!
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California’s First Halal Food & Eid Festival aka “Halal Fest” is a collaborative event organized by a group of American Muslims from various different backgrounds and ethnicities who have one thing in common: Their love of great food!
What is “Halal”? You can read below for the full details, but basically, like what “Kosher” food is for Jews, “Halal” Food is for Muslims. It means the meat has been blessed and is considered pure and lawful for Muslims to consume.
This is the first Halal Food & Eid Festival in California and will include a wide variety of different cuisine from around the world including Indian, Pakistani, Middle Eastern, Arab, Mediterranean, African as well as American
There will also be a large bazaar featuring vendors selling a wide variety of items such as clothing, jewelry, gifts, toys and artwork from around the Muslim world.
We invite everyone to come and enjoy the festival with their families, try out some new and delicious ethnic foods while making new friends and learning about different cultures at the same time. Buy Your Halal Fest Tokens Online Today Using PayPal or your Credit Card (Go to the “Buy Tokens” tab on our website).
First Halal Festival Draws Crowd of 10,000 (San Jose Mercury News):
Muslim Foodie’s Host California’s First Halal Food Fest in Bay Area (NBC Bay Area):
California’s First Halal Food Festival to be held in Newark (The Argus Paper):
Halal Festival Draws crowd of 10,000 in Bay Area of California (American Halal Association):
California Muslims Launch the Nation’s First Halal Food and Eid Festival (ILLUME Magazine):
California’s Halal Food Fest, Victim of Success (NBC Bay Area):
USA: First halal festival draws crowd of 10,000 (Halal Focus):
NewPark Mall to host first ever Halal Food Festival (Fremont Bulletin – SJ Mercury News):
Long time American Muslim Community Activist. He was one of the Past Directors of Bay Area based AMILA.org (American Muslims Intent on Learning and Activism) and Director of zabihah.com - the World's largest database of Halal Restaurants and Businesses. Atif also currently serves on the Board of Directors for The ICCF (Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno). His quest for finding the best gyros has taken him to locales all over the country.
Irfan M. Rydhan
Born and raised in San Jose, CA and has been an active member of the American Muslim community for the past 15 years. Irfan was one of the founding members of the SBIA Media Committee in 2002, where he also served as a Board of Director for almost 8 years. Irfan was also a founding member of the 'Muslim Unity Day' event at Great America in 2005. An Architectural Designer by profession, Irfan is also a well known 'Halal Foodie' with approx. 800 online reviews across several online platforms. Follow his reviews and musings about Food, TV/Movies, Art & Architecture on twitter @IrfanRydhan
A native to the San Francisco Bay Area and has volunteered with many non-profit organizations such as ISEB, Medina Education Center, Rahima Foundation, and the North American Islamic Shelter for the Abused (NISA). In his spare time Nizar loves to work on projects for commercial and independent film productions. From calamari to cocoa Nizar is always up to taste where the next hot spot would be to recommend to all with the affinity for delicious food.
An Arab American and long time community activist. He has been a volunteer at the Muslim Community Association (MCA) in Santa Clara, ISEB (Islamic Society of the East Bay) in Fremont, as well as one of the founding members for the 'Muslim Unity Day' event at Great America. He enjoys all types of ethnic food, but prefers Mexican/Latin and Middle Eastern Foods. Murad is a small business owner and lives in Fremont, CA with his wife and family.
An Indian-American who works in the IT field. He has lived in Fremont, CA for the past 7 years and has volunteered for SBIA (South Bay Islamic Association), MUD (Muslim Unity Day) and regularly attends programs at Muslim Community Center - Pleasanton (MCC) and Taleef Collective in Fremont, CA. Riyaz’s last meal would be a large pot of Hyderabadi Dum Biryani.
A Pakistani-American Muslim raised in Santa Clara who went to UC Davis and received her Bachelors in BioMedical Engineering. She has been a volunteer at Muslim Community Association (MCA) in Santa Clara and South Asian Heart Center at El-Camino Hospital in Mountain View. She has also served on the Muslim Unity Day (MUD) core team. She enjoys all types of halal ethnic food but her favorite is Karela (bitter melon), but only if it's cooked by her mom.
Native to the SF Bay Area, Aysha has been working with various community organizations such as United For Service, CAIR, and Muslim Unity Day for the past 15 years. Aysha loves to read, cook, and satisfy her inner foodie by exploring as much as she can through her work travels around the world. She would like to be the next Anthony Bourdain. Follow her on facebook, twitter and instagram (@AyshaMo) to see where her eating adventures take her next.
A Pakistani-American who went to college in Houston and started his own business in Michigan. He now lives in the Bay Area with his wife for the past 6 years and has brought hisTax Accounting Business to Fremont, CA. Wasi has volunteered for MUD (Muslim Unity Day) and SBIA (South Bay Islamic Association). Ever since Wasi has left Michigan, he has been looking for some authentic Lebanese Fatoosh.
For vendor booths, please e-mail email@example.com or call Murad at (510) 299-6210
Confirmed Halal Food Vendors:
Islamic Meat & Poultry
Free samples of California Grown Hand Slaughtered Halal Chicken and Beef
King’s BBQ & Grill (HFSAA Certified)
Smoked BBQ, Halal Brisket, Beef & Chicken Burgers, Smoke Beans, Mac & Cheese, & Brisket Soft Tacos
Chutney Mary’s (Halal Food Truck)
Indian-American Gourmet Fusion
New Africa Kitchen (Masjid Waritheen Oakland)
Southern Fried Chicken, Beef Hot Links & New Africa Sweet Tea
Miss Louise’s BBQ (Saint Louise Style)
Chicken & Waffles, BBQ Chicken, Sliced Beef BBQ Tri Tip, Hamburgers
Sunrise Deli (Halal Food Truck)
The Best Falafel in Town
Chutney Restaurant (Fremont):
Chicken Tikka Masala with Rice & Naan, Samosas, Chaat
Padi Restaurant (Berkeley)
Indonesian Food + Live Cooking Demonstration
Livermore Donut Wheel
Snow Miracle, Shaved Ice, Chocolate Dipped Bananas, Tapioca Drinks
halal and organic cupcakes & cake pops
Raoof’s San Jose Bean & Carrot Pies
all natural, tasty and delicious bean and carrot pies
Free samples of Halal Hot Dogs, Chicken Tenders & More
Suya African Grill
West African & Caribbean Food such as Beef, Chicken & Prawn Skewers & Jamaican Style Grilled Corn
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffee and Smoothies
Strawberry, Mango Orange Pina Colada, Lemon Wave Smoothies & Mocha Chills
Falafel Corner (HFSAA Certified)
Halal Pepperoni, Halal Beef & Halal Chicken Pizzas
“Halal” means “Permissible” in Arabic and refers to the dietary law of Islam, which practicing Muslims follow. Similar to Kosher food for Jews, Halal food avoids anything derived from swine flesh (pork, bacon, lard, gelatin, etc.) as well as alcohol (beer, wine, etc.). Animals which are considered lawful to consume for Muslims include Halal chicken, beef, lamb, goat, turkey, deer, and seafood. In order for the meat to be considered “Halal” the animal must be slaughtered in a specific way and the name of God must be mentioned at the time of slaughtering the animal by a Muslim. Of course there are different interpretations of what is considered Halal and what is not, but the main goal is to keep away from those items which God has instructed us to avoid for better health and a longer life. Usually, but not always, the animals used for Halal meat are fed natural grains, grass or corn and are not injected with any hormones or harmful chemicals.
Online Token Sales Have Now Ended. You may purchase Tokens at Halal Fest 2013.
Full price Tokens will also be available for sale on the day of the event via cash or credit card. Additionally, there will be a:
$1 convenience fee for any amount up to and including $25.
$2 convenience fee for amounts between $26 and $50.
$3 convenience fee for amounts between $51 and $75.
$4 convenience fee for amounts between $76 and $100.
Admission to the Event is Free, but HalalFest Tokens will be sold to the public. Tokens purchased online will be available for pickup at the will call booth with a Government Issued Photo ID, receipt of online payment and can be redeemed for:
at the HalalFest Event on August 17th. For inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the nature of the discounted tokens that were offered prior to the event, there will be no refunds for unused tokens. Use them or lose them!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
In the coming days, we will do our best to answer the most commonly asked questions. If there is a question that you don’t see an answer to, please contact us and we’ll do our best to answer it for you!
1. How much is Admission into the event?
A: Parking and entrance to the event is FREE! There will be Halal Fest Tokens available onsite for purchase via cash or major credit card to get both food as well as for the children’s rides/activities.
2. Is this an outdoor event event?
A: Yes! Please wear plenty of sunscreen!
3. How much will food cost at Halal Fest?
A: The prices will vary depending on the food vendor. All food vendors will be accepting the Halal Fest Food tokens instead of Cash. Most food vendors will not charge more than $10 in tokens for food. We recommend you try out all the food vendors who will have both smaller sampler items for only a few tokens each as well as full meals available for purchase through out the day.
4. Can we use cash to buy food directly from the vendors at Halal Fest?
A: No you cannot use cash to purchase food directly from the vendors. We have made special Halal Fest Food Tokens which may be purchased by cash/credit card. All Food, Drink and Ride Vendors at Halal Fest will be accepting the Halal Fest Tokens instead of cash. The Halal Fest Tokens have values of $1 each and $5 each and can be bought in advance online (see the Buy Tokens page of our site), or they can also be purchased at the event itself. Note that if you buy the Tokens online in advance you will get a discounted rate and get extra Tokens for FREE!
5. I just bought my tokens online. How do I get them? Will you mail them to me?
A: Thanks for purchasing your Halal Fest Food Tokens online in advance! We are Not mailing any tokens out to the public. You just need to go to the “Will Call” booth on the Day of the Event (Sat. Aug. 17th) and bring a print out of your PayPal confirmation email and a Photo ID to prove who you are. We will have a list of names and the amount of tokens that have been purchased online at the “Will Call” booth at Halal Fest.
6. How do the tokens work ?
A: The Halal Fest Tokens have values of $1 and $5 each. The will also be color coded (red for $1 and gold for $5) and also have our website address (www.HalalFest.com) on them. The Halal Fest Tokens will be good for any of the food, drink and rides at Halal Fest. Some items may be only 2 or 3 tokens, while others may be 7 or 8 tokens. Just like cash, you can use the Tokens to pay for whatever you want to buy, and you will also get change back (in tokens) from each vendor. You can buy as many tokens as you want, but please note that there will be NO REFUNDS for any unused tokens. Buy only want you will use and if you need more you can buy them via cash or credit card at any of our Token booths or from one of our volunteers (people who will have Yellow or Green color Halal Fest T-shirts).
7. Are all the food vendors Halal?
A: Yes, all food vendors at Halal Fest are Halal and will be serving Halal and Zabihah meat. Please note that the organizers of Halal Fest are not a Halal Certification organization so if you have any specific questions about where a certain food vendor gets their Halal meat from, you should contact them directly. Some vendors will also be serving non-meat items such as seafood, vegetarian and dessert items.
8. What are the Hours for Halal Fest?
A: Halal Fest will take place from 12 noon to 7pm on Saturday August 17th, 2013
9. Will there by any Entertainment or Program at Halal Fest?
A: Yes, Halal Fest will include free Entertainment and a Program featuring Live Moroccan & American Jazz music by Yassir Chadley and the Mo’Rockin Jazz as well as Dawan Muhammad and LifeForce Jazz. There will also be a performance by the Indonesian Women’s Group, Shalawat Nasheed. A Skateboarding demonstration by Professional Skateboarder Jordan Richter. A Chess Tournament hosted by Adisa Banjoko with the Hip Hop Chess Federation and a Fitness Demo by Yusuf Clack from Clack Fit in San Jose. There will also be multiple Raffle Draw Prizes through out the day as well as Carnival type Rides and Games for Children.
10. How does the Canned Food Drive work ??
A: Halal Fest is working with Rahima Foundation to give back to the local community. Bring in a standard size can of food (no meat or pork items will be accepted. Seafood, fruit and vegetarian canned food are OK). Each accepted can of food will get you 1 raffle ticket. Maximum 20 cans of food (20 raffle tickets) per person or family will be accepted. Raffle prizes such as Halal Beef Jerky, Simmer Sauces from Saffron Foods, Ramadan Cookbooks, Crunchy Chickpea Snacks, T-shirts, Halal Fest Tokens as well as a Skateboard from Jordan Richter will be given away through out the day. You must be present at the time(s) of the raffle to win and claim your prizes.
11. How do we get a non-food booth in the bazaar?
A: Please send an email to email@example.com or call (510) 299-6210
12. How do we get a Food Booth at Halal Fest?
A: Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (408) 509-7965
13. How do we become a Sponsor for Halal Fest?
A. Please send an email to Aysha@halalfest.com or call (408) 802-1977
14. Can you return unused tokens for a refund?
A. No. Due to the nature of the discounted tokens that were offered prior to the event, there will be no refunds for unused tokens. Use them or lose them!
15. Does Halal Fest have hotel discounts for out of town visitors?
A. Official Hotel for “Halal Fest”: Marriott TownePlace Suites Newark Silicon Valley. Get a discounted rate on Studio Rooms (1 Queen Bed + Sofa Bed) for $80 (Normal Cost is $109-$119). This rate also includes Complimentary Breakfast and Wi-Fi Access. Free Parking at the Hotel. To Book Your Discounted Hotel Room (based on availability) for Halal Fest, Contact Patti Palmer, 415-229-9460 email@example.com .
16. Will there be discount tokens available on the day of Halal Fest?
A. No. Additionally, there will be a $1 convenience fee per $25 charged for all credit card purchases on the day of Halal Fest.
17. Will there be access to restrooms?
A. There will be Porta Pottys and a hand washing station onsite. NewPark Mall has public restrooms located on the 2nd Floor near the food court. Unfortunately, there will be no facilities within the Halal Fest area to perform wudu/ablution for prayers.
16. How do we get to Halal Fest?
A. The Address is 200 Newpark Mall in Newark, CA 94560. Below is the Google Maps Street View: