HalalFest, Inc. in association with ILLUME presents: Halal Fest
NOTE: Due to the Covid-19 Crisis, we have Not yet decided on whether or not to host our Annual Halal Food Festival this year. Please Stay in the Know for our Upcoming Events and Programs by following us on Facebook: facebook.com/HalalFest, Instagram: @halalfest and Twitter: @TheHalalFest
Here is an article from the TriCity Voice about the 2019 Halal Fest event: http://tricityvoice.com/6-25-19/
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 7th 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (510) 97-HFEST (510-974-3378)
Download the HalalFest 2019 Sponsorship Packages here: HF2019 Sponsorships
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 @babyshamss.
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.
Irfan M. Rydhan
Born and raised in San Jose, CA, Irfan is a well known Halal Foodie with over 1,000 online reviews across several online platforms including Urban Halal, Yelp, Google Reviews and Zabihah. Follow his reviews and musings about Food, TV/Movies, Art & Architecture online @IrfanRydhan
“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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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 approx. 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 2019 Food Vendors:
Blocks and Bubbles (Livermore) Shaved Ice, Bubble Waffle Ice Cream Cones, Boba Teas, Chocolate Dipped Bananas
Cali Kabab Guys (Food Truck – Concord) Afghani-style Chapli Kabab (Opal Valley Australian Lamb) with Naan
Cracked & Battered (San Francisco) Fried Chicken (Wayne Farms Halal Chicken) Sandwiches with Fries
Eden Silk Road (Fremont) Uyghur-style Chicken Kebabs (Wayne Farms Halal Chicken) and Polo (Pilaf)
Emirelli (Sunnyvale) Gourmet Turkish Delights and Dried Fruit & Nuts
Garlic Goodness (Milpitas) Special Garlic Sauce (FREE SAMPLES)
Golnazar Gourmet Ice Cream (San Ramon) Persian-style Ice Cream
Halal Bites of Chicago (Food Truck – Dublin) Gyros, Falafel, Tacos & Greek-style Hot Dogs
Koolfi Creamery (San Leandro) Indian style Ice Cream such as Pistachio, Rose and Saffron. Also the Zoolbia Jalebi Ice cream Sandwich
Los Cabos (Fremont) Mexican Street Tacos (Wayne Farms Halal Chicken and Beef certified by the Halal Transactions of Omaha)
Miss Louise’s BBQ (San Jose) BBQ Chicken, Beef Brisket Sandwiches, and Hotlinks with Grilled Shrimp (all Halal meat is from Restaurant Depot certified by the Halal Transactions of Omaha)
Miss Ollie’s (Oakland) Halal (hand-slaughtered) & Organic (Mary’s Chicken) Fried Chicken & Waffles
Molatte Cafe (Drinks Trailer) Kashmiri Chai, Blended Coffee & Espresso Drinks, Fresh Fruit Smoothies, Crepes & Gelato
Phil Me Up (Sacramento) Halal Chicken (Tahir brand) and Beef (Harris Ranch) Lumpia & Vegan Pansit (Filipino-style Noodles)
Pepper Milk (San Jose) Creamy Hot Sauce (FREE SAMPLES)
Peshawari Kababs (HFSAA Certified) Pakistani Style Choolay, Chapli Kebab, Sikh Kebab and Biriyani (Rice Cooked with Meat)
Raoof’s Bean & Carrot Pies (San Jose) all natural, tasty and delicious bean and carrot pies
Sheefa Honey (Los Angeles) A variety of Natural and Organic California Honey
Tickets for HALAL FEST 2019 are now Available for Sale at: Tix.HalalFest.com (or Click on the “BUY TICKETS” Button Below).
NOTE: 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. Children 10 Years old and Younger do NOT need a ticket to enter Halal Fest. There are NO REFUNDS for ticket purchases online. Ticket Prices May be Increased at the Door. For inquiries, questions or comments please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (510) 97-HFEST
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 for Halal Fest 2019 is $7 per person. Children 10 and under are FREE. (NOTE: There are NO REFUNDS for tickets purchased online). We also have Special VIP Ticket Packages which include HalalFest Food Tokens and/or Carnival Rides. Buy Tickets online at Tix.HalalFest.com
2. Will Ticket Prices be increased at the door?
A: Ticket Prices will be increased at the door, so we recommend to buy your tickets in advance if you want to save money.
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 EventCombo, 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 (Sat. June 29th). 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. Will there by Security at Halal Fest?
A: Yes, there will be a private security company helping to monitor the crowd and access points into Halal Fest. Please Note that Backpacks and other large bags will NOT be allowed inside the festival. There will be a security bag check at the front entry of Halal Fest. Baby Bags and Strollers will be allowed inside, but Halal Fest Staff, Volunteers and Staff do reserve the right to inspect all bags and people entering into the festival.
6. Will I be allowed to pass out flyers or other printed materials inside of Halal Fest?
A: No solicitation of any kind is allowed, unless written permission by Halal Fest is given. Neither attendees, nor vendors are allowed to pass out flyers or other printed materials such as flyers, books, programs, brochures, magazines, newspapers, CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray or any other digital device outside of their booth to Halal Fest attendees. Anyone caught violating this rule will be escorted out of the festival area by Halal Fest Staff or Security.
7. Is Halal Fest an outdoor event event?
A: Yes! Please wear plenty of sunscreen and/or wear a Hat!
8. 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/Credit as well as the Special HalalFest Food Tokens. Most food vendors will not charge more than $15 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.
9. Can we use cash to buy food directly from the vendors at Halal Fest?
10. Will there be an ATM machine on site ?
A: Not this year (2019), but there are plenty of Banks nearby.
11. Will tokens be used this year (2019) ?
A: Yes there will be food tokens issued to VIP Ticket Holders to use at Any of the Halal Fest Food Vendors. But All food vendors will also be accepting Cash or Credit. So you do NOT need to have Halal Fest Food Tokens to get food, but they will be available for purchase in advance with some of our VIP Ticket Packages. Go to Tix.HalalFest.com for more info.
12. 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!
13. What are the Hours for Halal Fest?
A: Halal Fest will take place from 12 noon to 10:30 pm on Saturday June 29th at the Town Fair Plaza (intersection of Capitol Ave and State Street) at 39100 State Street in Fremont, CA.
14. Will there by any Entertainment or Program at Halal Fest?
A: Yes. We will have Live Music by LifeForce Jazz as well as a Special Tabla/Sitar performance in the evening. We will also have (3) cooking demos featuring Chefs Nora Haron (Local Kitchen, SF), Chef Terry Braggs (Bragging Ryts Catering) and Chef Zareen Khan (Zareen’s Restaurant, Palo Alto).
15. 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. All rides require a separate ride ticket which can be purchased directly from the Carnival Ride vendors inside the Halal Fest event. Or you can purchase a VIP ticket from Halal Fest which will include VIP Carnival Ride Tickets. Go to Tix.HalalFest.com for more info.
16. How do I become a volunteer for Halal Fest?
A: Please email us at email@example.com or call (510) 97-HFEST (510-974-3378)
17. How do we get a Non-food booth in the bazaar?
A: Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (510) 97-HFEST (510-974-3378)
18. How do we get a Food Booth at Halal Fest?
A: All Food Booth Spots Are Filled. Sorry.
19. 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)
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. Yes, there is a “Restroom Trailer” with built-in restroom stalls and sinks on the East Side of the festival grounds (Town Fair Plaza) near the main entry.
22. How do we get to Halal Fest?
A. The Address is 39100 State Street, Fremont, CA 94538. Our event will take place at the Town Fair Plaza. The closest cross street is Capitol Avenue.
23. Where do we park for Halal Fest
A. There will be plenty of Free Parking around the Town Fair Plaza. You can park in the public parking stalls on Capitol Avenue. You can also park in the parking lot behind Town Fair Plaza on State Street as well as at the City Hall (3300 Capitol Ave) parking lot and the Family Resource Building which is right next door to the Town Fair Plaza venue. See the map below for more details on parking: