HalalFest, Inc. in association with ILLUME presents: Halal Fest
Our 6th Annual Halal Food & Eid Festival is scheduled for Saturday June 30th (12 noon to 11pm) at 39100 State Street (cross street is Capitol Avenue) in Fremont, CA! For Regular Updates Please Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/HalalFest, Twitter: @TheHalalFest, and Instagram: @halalfest
Here is an article from the East Bay Times about the 2016 event: http://www.eastbaytimes.com/
NOTE: All Food vendors will be accepting Cash and/or Credit directly from the public! We are only charging a small entry fee to get into the Halal Fest Event. We will be giving everyone wristbands instead of issuing a paper ticket. Tickets will be available at the gate on the day of the event. Children 10 and Under are FREE and do not need a ticket to enter the Halal Fest event (Fremont, 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 6th 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 2018 Sponsorship Packages here: HF 2018 Sponsorships
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):
Newark Halal Food Festival draws 8,000 (Fremont Bulletin – SJ Mercury News):
Where to Get the Most Diverse Halal Food Selection in America (Spoon University):
Fremont: 4th Annual Halal Food Festival draws 7,000 (East Bay Times):
Fremont Festival Showcases Halal Food (Eat – Drink – Play):
Fremont’s Halal Fest 2017 Draws Close to 10,000 People (Event Combo):
Largest Halal Food Fest returns to Fremont for 5th year (Fox KTVU Ch. 2 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 20 years. Irfan was one of the founding members of the SBIA Media Committee in 2001, 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. A Project Manager in the Architecture & Construction Industry by profession, Irfan is also a well known 'Halal Foodie' with approx. 1,000 online reviews across several online platforms. Follow his reviews and musings about Food, TV/Movies, Art & Architecture on twitter and Instagram @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.
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 the President of UMA, which is one of the oldest American Muslim Political Action organizations in California.
Enjoys volunteering and has done so with Halal Fest, Perfect Muslim Wedding, and The GAMA Collective (Gathering All Muslim Artists) in which she serves as the Curating Director. Her favorite food is constantly changing but at the moment she craves chicken with waffles on a daily basis.
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 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.
For vendor booths, please e-mail email@example.com or call (510) 97-HFEST
Download our Vendor Contract here:
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 2018 Food Vendors:
Agha’s Gyros Express Cart (San Jose) Halal Chicken & Rice, Lamb & Rice & Gyros
Chaat Bites (Fremont) Indian Vegetarian Chaat
Donut Wheel (Livermore) Snow Miracle, Shaved Ice, Chocolate Dipped Bananas, Tapioca Drinks
Garlic Goodness (Milpitas) Special Garlic Sauce (FREE SAMPLES)
Golnazar Gourmet Ice Cream All Natural (Egg & Gluten Free) Persian Ice Cream
Haafiz Food Mart (Union City) Bengali Chicken Biriyani & Fish & Goat Curries & Mango Lassi
The Kabob Trolley (SF) Halal Gyros & Cheesesteak Sandwiches
Karimi Restaurant (San Jose) Chicken Biriyani, Kofta Curry, Naan & Mango Lassi
Peshawari Kababs (HFSAA certified) Pakistani Style Choolay, Chapli Kebab, Sikh Kebab and Biriyani (Rice Cooked with Meat)
Raoof’s San Jose Bean & Carrot Pies all natural, tasty and delicious bean and carrot pies
Rita’s of San Jose (Italian Ice Truck) A mixture of ice, custard and fruit combined to make a cool treat
TE Trade, LLC (Sunnyvale) Gourmet Turkish Delights and Dried Fruit & Nuts
Urban Spices (Vallejo) Halal Fried Chicken Sandwiches
“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.
TICKET INFO FOR HALAL FEST 2018 WILL BE POSTED SOON.
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 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: TICKET PRICES FOR HALAL FEST 2018 WILL BE POSTED SOON. Children 10 and under are FREE. (NOTE: There are NO REFUNDS for tickets purchased online).
2. Will Ticket Prices be increased at the door?
A: General Admission Ticket Prices will be increased at the door, so we recommend to buy your tickets in advance if you want to take 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 30th). 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. 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.
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: This information will be updated shortly
11. Will tokens be used this year (2018) ?
A: No, except for VIP Ticket Holders which will be issued food tokens to use at Select Food Vendors.
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 11 pm on Saturday June 30th 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: This information will be updated shortly
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.
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 send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (510) 97-HFEST (510-974-3378)
18. How do we get a Food Booth at Halal Fest?
A: Please send an email to email@example.com or call (510) 97-HFEST (510-974-3378)
19. How do we become a Sponsor for Halal Fest?
A. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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. There will be Portable Toilets (aka “Porta-Pottys”) and double hand washing stations onsite. There will also be a couple of built-in restrooms on site.
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. More information will be posted about Parking Soon.