America's Largest

Halal Food & Eid Festival

Jam-Productions in association with ILLUME presents: HALAL FEST 2.0

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HALAL FEST 2.0: More Food, More Folks, More Fun! Coming Sat. August 9th, 2014 at the NewPark Mall main parking lot (Between Sears & Macy’s) in Newark, CA from 12 noon to 7pm.



Alhamdullilah, the turn-out at Halal Fest 2013 by far exceeded all expectations with approx. 10,000 people in attendance!



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Here is an article from NBC Bay Area News about the event: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Californias-Halal-Food-Fest-Victim-of-Success-220199551.html

InshaAllah, this year’s event we 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, Better and More Fun, InshaAllah!

NOTE: At this year’s Halal Fest Event (August 9th, 2014), 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 is currently $3 online (pre-event price) and the door price will be $5 per person online and at the gate on the day of the event.  Children 12 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!

ATTENTION: For our friends in Michigan.  Now you can also Enjoy the festivities with HALAL FEST MICHIGAN which will be on Saturday August 9th, 2014 at 46202 Heritage Park (Amphitheater Pavilion) in Canton, MI from 12 noon to 7pm. There will be a wide variety of Halal Food Vendors, Carnival Rides, Games & Family Entertainment. For More Information Check out www.halalfest.com/michigan or please email: Michigan@halalfest.com or Call (734) 620-7010

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 Second 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.

Download our HalalFest2.0_Sponsorship_Packages to learn more. To become a sponsor for the Halal Food Festival, please e-mail info@halalfest.com or call (408) 509-7965


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MEDIA

Front Page Article on the "Food & Wine" Section of the SJ Mercury News

Front Page Article on the “Food & Wine” Section of the SJ Mercury News

First Halal Festival Draws Crowd of 10,000 (San Jose Mercury News):

http://www.mercurynews.com/fremont/ci_23920272/first-halal-festival-draws-crowd-10-000

Muslim Foodie’s Host California’s First Halal Food Fest in Bay Area (NBC Bay Area):

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Muslim-Foodies-to-Host-Californias-First-Halal-Food-Fest-in-Bay-Area-218547341.html

California’s First Halal Food Festival to be held in Newark (The Argus Paper):

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_23585455/californias-first-halal-food-festival-be-held-newark

Halal Festival Draws crowd of 10,000 in Bay Area of California (American Halal Association):

http://americanhalalassociation.org/index.php/2013/09/06/halal-festival-draws-crowd-of-10000-in-bay-area-of-california/

California Muslims Launch the Nation’s First Halal Food and Eid Festival (ILLUME Magazine):

http://www.illumemagazine.com/zine/articleDetail.php?California-Muslims-Launch-the-Nation-s-First-Halal-Food-and-Eid-Festival-14446

California’s Halal Food Fest, Victim of Success (NBC Bay Area):

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Californias-Halal-Food-Fest-Victim-of-Success-220199551.html

USA: First halal festival draws crowd of 10,000 (Halal Focus):

http://halalfocus.net/usa-first-halal-festival-draws-crowd-of-10000/

NewPark Mall to host first ever Halal Food Festival (Fremont Bulletin – SJ Mercury News):

http://www.mercurynews.com/fremont/ci_23870587/newpark-mall-host-first-ever-halal-food-festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vendors

For vendor booths, please e-mail info@halalfest.com 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 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 (See Below) 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. 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 24 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):

Best International Trading (Los Angeles) Halal Malaysian Surimi 526 Stanford Avenue, Los Angeles, CA. Phone: (213) 925-9881

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 & Indian-American Fusion https://www.facebook.com/eatchutneymarys

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

Livermore Donut Wheel Snow Miracle, Shaved Ice, Chocolate Dipped Bananas, Tapioca Drinks https://www.facebook.com/pages/Livermore-Donut-Wheel/111787845729?hc_location=timeline

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) Smoothies & Veggie Sandwiches

New Africa Kitchen - Masjid Waritheen Oakland Southern Fried Halal Chicken, Fries, Halal Beef Links & New Africa Sweet Tea

Pamir Restaurant  (Dublin) Afghani Food www.pamirrestaurant.com

Raoof’s San Jose Bean & Carrot Pies all natural, tasty and delicious bean and carrot pies http://raoofcares.wordpress.com/

Rahma Market (Dublin) Mediterraen Food http://www.rahmamarket.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) Wraps, Kebabs, Burrittos http://www.BayAreaHalal.com/

Zam Zam Halal Supermarket & Restaurant (Fremont) Chapli Kabab, Chicken Kabab, Bolani, Afghani Naan & More! http://www.zamzamhalalmarket.com/

What is Halal?

“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.

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Tickets

For Entry Tickets to Halal Fest 2.0 Please Click on this button here:

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OR GO TO: TIX.HALALFEST.COM

General Admission Tickets for Halal Fest 2.0 are $3 per person (For a Limited Time, Prices Will Increase Soon!). Children 12 and Under are FREE. You can purchase tickets online at www.tix.halalfest.com.  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 increased at the Door. For inquiries, questions or comments please email info@halalfest.com or call (408) 509-7965

FAQ

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 $3 per person (For a Limited Time, Prices will Increase soon!) Children 12 and under are FREE. Parking to the event is also FREE!  You can purchase tickets online at www.tix.Halalfest.com (NOTE: There are NO REFUNDS for tickets purchased online).  Ticket Prices will also be increased at the door! A portion of the ticket sales proceeds will be given to 3 different non-profits of the public’s choosing.  You can vote for your favorite CA non-profit here: http://bit.ly/HalalFestVoting

2. Will Ticket Prices be increased at the door?

A: Yes. In order to save money, we recommend you purchase tickets in advance at www.tix.Halalfest.com

3. 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 compelted, 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.

4. Is Halal Fest an outdoor event event?

A: Yes! Please wear plenty of sunscreen!

5. 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.

6. Can we use cash to buy food directly from the vendors at Halal Fest?

A: Yes

7. Will tokens be used this year (2014) ?

A: No.

8. 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 25 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!

9. What are the Hours for Halal Fest?

A: Halal Fest will take place from 12 noon to 7pm on Saturday August 9th, 2014

10. Will there by any Entertainment or Program at Halal Fest?

A: Yes, Halal Fest will include Entertainment. There will be performances by the Shalowat Nasheed Group (Indonesian Women’s Choir), Ayatollah Amusic (Muslim Hip Hop) , Muhammad Ali and the New Africa of Light Culture Drummers (Percussionists). There will also be food contests on stage, a cooking demo by Lisa Ahmad (co-Owner of Mirchi Cafe) and a Martial Arts Demo by Jung SuWon Martial Arts.  More info on the entertainment program will be posted soon.

11. 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 such as the “Raft Ride” and the “Hammer-Head” 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.

12. How do I become a volunteer for Halal Fest 2014?

A: Please email our Volunteer Coordinator Aysha Mohsin at aysha@halalfest.com

13. How do we get a Non-food booth in the bazaar?

A: Currently we are sold-out on Non-Food booths, sorry!

14. How do we get a Food Booth at Halal Fest?

A: Currently we are sold-out on Food booths, sorry!

15. How do we become a Sponsor for Halal Fest?

A. Please send an email to info@halalfest.com or call (408) 509-7965

16. Can I return unused tokens from last year for a refund this year (2014)?

A.  No.

17. 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.

18. Will there be access to restrooms?

A.  There will be Portable Toilets (aka “Porta-Pottys”) and 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.

19. 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:


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