HalalFest, Inc. in association with ILLUME presents: Halal Fest
(NOTE: On the Google Map, each day of Halal Restaurant Week is designated with a different color. Click on each restaurant to see their location as well as their special offer for that specific day during Halal Restaurant Week)
America’s First Halal Restaurant Week 2020 is organized by HalalFest, Inc. in collaboration with the Bay Area Halal Foodies on facebook.
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 people of the Jewish Faith, “Halal” Food is for those who follow the Islamic Faith (Muslims). It means the meat has been blessed and is considered pure and lawful for Muslims to consume.
You can read more about Halal Fest and America’s First Halal Restaurant Week in this interview with HalalFest, Inc. Founder, Irfan Rydhan in the San Jose Mercury News!
To become a Sponsor for California’s Halal Restaurant Week, Please E-mail email@example.com or call (510) 97-HFEST (510-974-3378)
Download the Halal Restaurant Week 2020 Sponsorship Packages here: HRW 2020_Sponsorships
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Episode Zero: In this preview episode of The Artistic Foodies, Hosts Abbas Mohamed and Irfan Rydhan introduce themselves as well as their new podcast. They also share some of their favorite Halal Spots in the S.F. Bay Area (Recorded October 2020). The Artistic Foodies is brought to you by HalalFest, Inc. and GAMA (Gathering All Muslim Artists).
Episode 08: In this episode of HalalEats Unplugged, Hosts Nizar Ahmed and Irfan Rydhan interviews Zareen Khan, the Head Chef and Owner of the Popular Bay Area Pakistani Restaurant, Zareen’s. They discuss her journey from Pakistan to the San Francisco Bay Area as well as what sets Zareen’s Restaurant apart from other Indian-Pakistani spots in the Bay Area
Episode 07: In this episode of HalalEats Unplugged, Hosts Nizar Ahmed interviews the Founder and Event Director of Halal Fest, Irfan Rydhan to discuss feedback on the event as well what goes on behind the scenes in the planning of the Annual event in the S.F. Bay Area.
Episode 06: In this episode of HalalEats Unplugged, Hosts Nizar Ahmed and Irfan Rydhan interview Abdul Popal, the franchisee owner of (3) Bay Area locations of BurgerIM to talk about the restaurant business, Halal Food and the BDS controversy surrounding the BurgermIM franchise.
Episode 05: In this episode of HalalEats Unplugged, host Nizar Ahmed and Founder of Halal fest, Irfan Rydhan, along with Chinese American Muslim April King, review a couple of Halal Chinese Spots in the Bay Area. Including Darda Seafood (Milpitas), Li Zhou (Fremont) and Sama Uyghur Cuisine (Union City).
Episode 04: In this episode of HalalEats Unplugged, host Nizar Ahmed and Founder of Halal fest, Irfan Rydhan, interview Ahmad Shah, the Marketing and Sales Director for Sattar Farms, to discuss the Halal Meat Industry and the differences between Hand-Slaughtered Halal and Machine Slaughtered Halal, Organic, Tayyeb, Natural and Halal Meat
Episode 03: In this episode of HalalEats Unplugged, host Nizar Ahmed and Founder of Halal fest, Irfan Rydhan, interview Hip Hop Artist Brother Ali, who is the headline performer for the 6th Annual Halal Food Festival on Sat. June 30th, 2018 in Fremont, CA.
Episode 02: In this Episode of Halal Eats Unplugged, Nizar Ahmed, interviews Dr. Mohamad Rajabally with Rajabally Family Dentistry in Newark, CA about Dental Hygiene during the month of Ramadan, where Muslims fast from dawn to sunset everyday.
Episode 01: Halal Eats Unplugged is a new podcast from the SF Bay Area about Halal Food and Restaurant Reviews. Host Nizar Ahmed and his panelists, Shavana Soraya, Irfan Rydhan and April King discuss some of the most popular Halal Burger Joints in the Bay Area (specifically Falafel Corner, Mirchi Cafe, Wayback Burgers and Main Street Burgers). Music Provided by Dawan Muhammad
A veteran in the Bay Area Halal Food scene. He co-owned and managed Two Halal Restaurants in the East Bay. Besides serving as the Business Development Director for Halal Fest, he is also a Financial Advisor and Consultant to several Business, Political and Community leaders across California. Ali currently serves on the boards of various non-profits and was previously the interim President of UMA, which is one of the oldest American Muslim Political Action organizations in California.
Irfan M. Rydhan
Born and raised in San Jose, CA, Irfan is a well known Halal Foodie with over 1,000 reviews across several online platforms including Yelp, Google and Zabihah. Check out his latest podcast with co-host Abbas Mohamed called The Artistic Foodies (see link on Podcast tab) and follow his reviews and musings about Food, Media, and Architecture @irydhan.
A social entrepreneur, biotech professional, and SERIOUS foodie. He coordinates the entertainment, cooking demos, and eating competitions at Halalfest, so be sure to swing by the stage and say hello! He is also the director of GAMA, a non-profit dedicated to supporting and empowering artists in the Muslim community. You can see a lot of his food adventures documented on our Instagram @halalfest or on his personal IG @babashamss.
A native to the San Francisco Bay Area and has volunteered with many non-profits such as Medina Education Center, Rahima Foundation and the North American Islamic Shelter for the Abused (NISA). In his spare time Nizar hosts the HalalEats Unplugged podcast. 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.
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.
An American-Chinese California native, April lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two sons. She loves all kinds of food, especially French fusion and East Asian cuisines, and has eaten a lot of unique dishes many people haven't even heard of.
“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.
DISCLAIMER: All food vendors for Halal Restaurant Week 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.
Confirmed Vendors (See Chart Below for Special Deals during Halal Restaurant Week 2020) :
Arya Steakhouse (Redwood City) Halal Steaks (Harris Ranch Beef) and Persian Food
Crave Subs (Berkeley) Halal and Vegan Sub Sandwiches
El Halal Amigos Truck (Fremont) Mexican Street Food (Crescent Chicken and Harris Ranch Halal Beef)
Falafel Flame (Dublin, Concord, Tracy, Sunnyvale) Burgers, Pizza & Afghan Food (HFSAA Certified Halal)
Greens N Grills (Union City) Algerian & Mediterranean Food, Burgers & Sandwi (HFSAA Certified Halal)
Halal Gyro Express & Kebab (San Jose) Burgers, Kebabs, Chicken (Wayne Farms) & Lamb Plates, Afghan Food
HFC – Halal Fried Chicken (Sunnyvale) Halal Fried Chicken & Sandwiches (Tahir Chicken)
House of Falafel (Cupertino) Shawarma, Falafel, Kabob, Mediterranean Food (Harris Ranch, Wayne Farms)
iniBurger (Pleasanton & Fremont) Burgers, Chicken Wings & Tenders (Crescent Chicken)
Karimi (San Jose) Indian, Pakistani and Indo-Chinese Food (Crescent & Tahir Chicken, Harris Ranch Beef)
Krusti Pizza and Pasta (Santa Clara) Pizza, Pasta, Wings, Burgers & Lamb Chops
Kinara Fusion Kitchen (San Francisco) Indian & Pakistani Fusion Food (HFSAA Certified Halal)
Lados (Sunnyvale) Indian and Pakistani Street Food
Maya Halal Taqueria (Oakland) Mexican Food (HFSAA Certified Halal)
Mediterranean Grill House (Mountain View) Kebabs, Shawarma & Falafel (Harris Ranch/Fulton Farms)
Mela Tandoori Kitchen (San Francisco) Indian and Pakistani Food
Mirchi Cafe (Dublin & Fremont) Pakistani and Italian Fusion (HFSAA Certified Halal)
New York Pizza & Kabob (Union City) Pizza and Afghan Food (HFSAA Certified Halal)
Philly’s Cheesesteaks & Wings (San Jose) Philly Cheesesteaks, Fried Chicken, Wings and Sandwiches
Port of Peri Peri (Fremont) Portugese Style Peri Chicken & Lamb Chops (HFSAA Certified Halal)
Red Kwali (Milpitas) Malaysian, Indonesian and Singaporean Food
Tarim Global Cuisine (Cupertino) Halal Steaks (Harris Ranch), Persian and Chinese Food (Wayne Farms Chicken)
World Famous Hotboys (Oakland) Nashville Hot Chicken
Zareen’s (Redwood City) Indian and Pakistani Street Food
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
NOTE: There is NO large in-person event this year (2020). Instead we are working with different Halal Restaurants across the Bay Area for Halal Restaurant Week (Dec. 9th – 13th) where you can get special deals and discounts. Please check our main page and vendors page for more details. These FAQ are for our past Halal Fest events and are Not Applicable (NA) this year (2020)! For any questions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org