HalalFest, Inc. in association with ILLUME presents: Halal Fest
Special Thanks to RAZ for creating this short video collage with clips from our 6th Annual Halal Food Festival aka “Halal Fest,” which was held on Saturday June 30th at The Town Fair Plaza in Fremont, CA! Music Credit: World Beat by Willow Music.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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 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.
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 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 Yelp and Zabihah.com. 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.
For vendor booths, please e-mail email@example.com or call (510) 97-HFEST
We are SOLD OUT on FOOD BOOTH spots!
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
Bragging Ryt’s Private Chef & Catering (Pittsburg) Halal BBQ Chicken, BBQ Brisket, Potato Salad, Cornbread & Peach Cobbler
Chaat Bites (Fremont) Indian Vegetarian Chaat
Don Jose Tacos (Sacramento) Halal Tacos & Burritos!
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
Halal Gyro Express & Kebab (San Jose) Afghani-style Falooda (Dessert with Ice Cream, Vermicelli, Rose Syrup, Basil seeds & Nuts)
The Kabob Trolley (SF) Halal Gyros & Cheesesteak Sandwiches
Karimi Restaurant (San Jose) Chicken Biriyani, Kofta Curry, Naan & Mango Lassi
Main Street Burgers (Los Gatos & Willow Glen) Halal Beef & Halal Beef Bacon (Harris Ranch) Burgers & Garlic Fries
Mirchi Cafe (HFSAA Certified) Halal Fried Chicken
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 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
Sandee’s Fresh Coffee & Smoothies (Drinks Trailer) Kashmiri Chai, Blended Coffee & Espresso Drinks & Fresh Fruit Smoothies
Simurgh Bakery Turkish Baklava, Almond Cookies & Turkish Pastries
TE Trade, LLC (Sunnyvale) Gourmet Turkish Delights and Dried Fruit & Nuts
Urban Spices (Vallejo) Halal Hot Links wrapped in Halal Bacon and Halal BBQ Chicken & Chili
Tickets for HALAL FEST 2018 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 2018 is $7 per person (over the age of 10). Children 10 and under are FREE. (NOTE: There are NO REFUNDS for tickets purchased online). 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 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 10:30 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: Yes. We will having cooking demos by Chef Terry Braggs and Chef Lisa Ahmad (Mirchi Cafe). We will also have an evening entertainment program featuring American Muslim Artist Alia Sharrief and our Main Performer will be Brother Ali.
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: We are SOLD OUT on Non-Food Booths. To be added to our waiting list, Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
18. How do we get a Food Booth at Halal Fest?
A: We are SOLD OUT on Food Booth Spots. To be added to our waiting list, Please send an email to email@example.com
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 trailer with built-in restroom stalls inside.
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: