Jam-Productions in association with ILLUME presents: HALAL FEST
NOTE: At this year’s Halal Fest Event (August 1st, 2015), you will NOT need food tokens. All Food vendors will be accepting Cash/Credit directly from the public! We are only charging a small entry fee to get into the Halal Fest Event. We will be issuing wristbands to everyone instead of a paper ticket. The entry fee will be $5 per person online and at the gate on the day of the event. Children 10 and Under are FREE and do not need a wristband to enter the Halal Fest event (Newark, CA). For more information check out the FAQ section of our website.
America’s Largest 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 will be the 3rd Annual 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 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.
To become a sponsor for the Halal Food Festival, please e-mail email@example.com or call (510) 97-HFEST (510-974-3378)
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), as well as zabihah.com - the World's largest database of Halal Restaurants and Businesses and also 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
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 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call Murad at (510) 299-6210
DISCLAIMER: All food vendors at Halal Fest are Halal and will be serving Halal and Zabihah meat which has been certified as Halal by one or more of the many Islamic organizations and Certifiers in the United States. Some vendors will also be serving non-meat items such as seafood, vegetarian and dessert items. Those food vendors who inform us of which Halal Food Certification organization they are using, will be listed below so people will know in advance. There will be many choices for people to choose from. 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. Although there will be over 20 different Halal Food vendors this year, the organizers of Halal Fest do not guarantee that all attendees will receive food. We recommend that attendees arrive early and on time to ensure that you will get the type and quantity of Halal food you prefer to eat!
Confirmed Halal Fest 2.0 Food Vendors (2014):
Biryani Bowl (HFSAA Certified) Hyderbadi style Dum Mutton & Chicken Biryani, Noodles, Samosa, Mango Lassi http://www.biryanibowl.com/
Café Gyros (Newark) Chicken & Beef Gyros (510) 668-0110
Chutney Mary’s (will be using HFSAA certified Halal meat from Tayyibaat) Halal Mexican & Thai & Vietnamese Fusion https://www.facebook.com/
Falafel Corner (HFSAA Certified) Halal Pepperoni, Halal Beef & Halal Chicken Pizzas http://www.falafelcornerfremont.com/
Golnazar Ice Cream Gourmet Persian Ice Cream www.golnazar.com
Gyro & Cheesesteak Trolley (SF) Halal Gyros & Cheesesteak Sandwiches https://www.facebook.com/gyroandcheesesteaktrolley
Halal Jerky (LA) Premium HFSAA Certified Halal Beef Jerky in Variety of Flavors https://www.facebook.com/halaljerky
Halal Pizza & Deli (Stockton) Halal Mexican Chicken & Beef Tacos, The Famous Khan Sandwich, Snow Cones & Cotton Candy https://www.facebook.com/pages/Halal-Pizza/258402770967737
The Kabob Job (SF Food Truck) Halal Middle Eastern Street Food Truck http://www.thekabobjob.com/
Livermore Donut Wheel Snow Miracle, Shaved Ice, Chocolate Dipped Bananas, Tapioca Drinks https://www.facebook.com/pages/Snow-Miracle-at-the-Donut-Wheel/150035955809
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffee and Smoothies Strawberry, Mango Orange Pina Colada, Lemon Wave Smoothies & Mocha Chills https://www.facebook.com/MauiWowiOhana
Mirchi’s Cafe (HFSAA Certified) Halal Burgers, Wings & more http://www.mirchicafe.com/
Miss Louise’s BBQ (Saint Louise Style) Halal Chicken & Waffles, BBQ Chicken, Sliced Beef BBQ Tri Tip
Mo’s Aroma Coffee & Snacks (San Jose) Vietnamese Smoothies & Veggie Sandwiches
New Africa Kitchen - Masjid Waritheen Oakland Southern Fried Halal Chicken, Fries, Halal Beef Links & New Africa Sweet Tea https://www.facebook.com/masjidul.waritheen?fref=ts
Pamir Afghan Cuisine (Dublin) Afghani Kabobs, Egg Plant, & Hummus www.pamirrestaurant.com
Raoof’s San Jose Bean & Carrot Pies all natural, tasty and delicious bean and carrot pies http://raoofcares.wordpress.com/
Shalimar (Sunnyvale) Indian & Pakistani Food http://www.shalimarsunnyvale.com/
Shan Restaurant (Cupertino) Indian & Pakistani Food http://www.shanrestaurant.com/
SunPizza (Halal Food Truck) Burgers, Gyros (they use Halal Certified ”Rossdown” brand from East-West Market) http://sunpizza.net/
Sunrise Deli (Halal Food Truck) Falafel, Lamb/Chicken Shawerma, Baklava http://sunrisedeli.net/
Tandoor-N-Curry (HFSAA Certified) Tandoori Chicken, Biryani, Haleem & Falooda http://www.tandooriandcurry.com
Tayyibaat Meat & Grill (HFSAA Certified) Grilled 1/4 Chicken, Rice & Salad http://www.BayAreaHalal.com/
Zam Zam Halal Supermarket & Restaurant (Fremont) Chapli Kabab, Chicken Kabab, Bolani, Afghani Naan & More! http://www.zamzamhalalmarket.com/
“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.
Our link to purchase Entry Tickets to Halal Fest 2015 will be up soon.
General Admission Tickets for Halal Fest 2015 are now $5 per person. Children 12 and Under are FREE. You can purchase tickets online (There will also be an online transaction fee from Eventbrite). We will NOT be mailing any tickets out in advance. You must pick them up at Will Call on the day of the event. Please print out your email confirmation and bring to Will Call on the Day of the Event with a Photo ID. NOTE: There are NO REFUNDS for ticket purchases online. Ticket Prices will also be $5 the Door. For inquiries, questions or comments please email email@example.com or call (408) 509-7965
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: General Admission is $5 per person Children 12 and under are FREE. Parking at the event is FREE! (NOTE: There are NO REFUNDS for tickets purchased online).
3. I purchased my Tickets online, will they get mailed to me? How do I get them?
A: We will be issuing Wristbands, instead of paper tickets to get into Halal Fest. We will NOT be mailing any wristbands to people, as they may get lost in the mail or get misplaced. Instead, we will be checking people in digitally with Eventbrite, so you do not need to bring any paper ticket or receipt with you, but if you wish to print out your email receipt/confirmation and bring to the WILL CALL booth on the day of the event, you are welcome to do so. We will just need your name and a Photo ID to check you in at WILL CALL. NOTE: If you are with a large party and some people are coming later, please instruct the volunteer(s) at the WILL CALL booth if you would like to keep some wristbands for your party for them to pick up later, or if you prefer to take all the wristbands with you at once. Please note that if you lose or misplace any wristbands, you cannot get more, unless you pay for new ones. No Exceptions!
4. Where is WILL CALL?
A: There will be a couple of WILL CALL booths on the day of Halal Fest (August 1st). When you get to the event you will see signs of where to go to pick up your tickets (wristbands) at WILL CALL. There will also be volunteers which will direct you where to go.
5. I’m a volunteer for a CA Non-Profit and/or would like to nominate a CA Non-Profit who is not already participating in the Halal Fest Non-Profit Challenge. How do I do that?
A: Only an official representative from a CA Non-Profit can register for their charity or Non-Profit organization. They must fill out our online application form here: http://bit.ly/HalalFestNPC Once the application has been completed, a member of the Halal Fest Team will review it and then contact the applicant to let them know if their CA Non-Profit is allowed to participate in the Halal Fest Non-Profit Challenge.
6. Is Halal Fest an outdoor event event?
A: Yes! Please wear plenty of sunscreen and/or wear a Hat!
7. How much will food cost at Halal Fest?
A: The prices will vary depending on the food vendor. All food vendors will be accepting Cash. Most food vendors will not charge more than $10 for food. We recommend you try out all the food vendors who will have both smaller sampler items for only a few dollars each as well as full meals available for purchase through out the day.
8. Can we use cash to buy food directly from the vendors at Halal Fest?
9. Will there be an ATM machine on site ?
A: Yes there will be at least two mobile ATM machines on site and there are also ATM machines inside the mall.
10. Will tokens be used this year (2015) ?
11. Are all the food vendors Halal?
A: Yes, all food vendors at Halal Fest are Halal and will be serving Halal and Zabihah meat which has been certified as Halal by one or more of the many Islamic organizations and Certifiers in the United States. Some vendors will also be serving non-meat items such as seafood, vegetarian and dessert items. Those food vendors who are HFSAA certified or are using a halal meat brand which has been certified as hand slaughtered Halal by HFSAA are noted in the list of vendors on our website (see the Vendors Page) and will also be noted in the program brochure so that everyone will know in advance. There will be many choices for people to choose from.
DISCLAIMER: 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. Although there will be over 20 different Halal Food vendors this year, the organizers of Halal Fest do not guarantee that all attendees will receive food. We recommend that attendees arrive early and on time to ensure that you will get the type and quantity of Halal food you prefer to eat!
12. What are the Hours for Halal Fest?
A: Halal Fest will take place from 12 noon to 7 pm on Saturday August 1st, 2015 at the NewPark Mall in Newark, CA.
13. Will there by any Entertainment or Program at Halal Fest?
A: Yes, Halal Fest will include Entertainment. More info on the entertainment program will be posted soon.
14. Will there be Carnival Rides at Halal Fest ?
A: Yes, Halal Fest will include Carnival Rides and Games for Children and Families to enjoy! This year we are adding several larger rides which both adults and children can enjoy. The popular “Water Bubble” ride will also be at Halal Fest this year. All rides require a separate ride ticket which can be purchased directly from the Carnival Ride vendors inside the Halal Fest event.
15. How do I become a volunteer for Halal Fest 2015?
A: Please email our Volunteer Coordinator Aysha Mohsin at firstname.lastname@example.org
16. How do we get a Non-food booth in the bazaar?
A: Please send an email to email@example.com or call (510) 97-HFEST (510-974-3378)
17. How do we get a Food Booth at Halal Fest?
A: Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (510) 97-HFEST (510-974-3378)
18. How do we become a Sponsor for Halal Fest?
A. Please send an email to email@example.com or call (510) 97-HFEST (510-974-3378)
19. Can I return unused tokens from last year for a refund this year (2015)?
20. Will there be a place to perform prayers at Halal Fest ?
A. Yes there will be an area for people to perform prayers on site. There will be no official congregational prayer, but attendees are welcome to do their prayers at any time in the designated prayer area.
21. Will there be access to restrooms?
A. There will be Portable Toilets (aka “Porta-Pottys”) and double hand washing stations 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.
22. How do we get to Halal Fest?
A. The Address is 200 Newpark Mall in Newark, CA 94560. Our event will take place on the main parking lot of Newpark Mall, between Sears and Macy’s. Below is the Google Maps Street View: