The 3rd Annual Ra’anana Wine Festival is this Wednesday & Thursday from 6PM to 11PM and the expected list of wineries and food vendors has been just released (though more are expected.The festival is returning to the scenic Park Ra’anana adjacent to the tranquil pond on the western end of the park.The Festivino group is hosting this year.
Larger wineries having booths include Barkan, Teperberg, Tishbi, Segal, Or Haganuz as well as wines being poured from Carmel and their sister boutique winery Yatir, Golan Heights and Recanati.
Smaller wineries include Agada, Netofa, Bat Shlomo, Gush Etzion, Eiftachel, Kinor David, Kfir, Safat,Kadish Barnea, Rota, Shmiyim, Shiloh, Sassi and Tanya.
Cheers fruit bevarages, Passionflora liquor, Side Effect Cider from the Golan Heights and an Arak tasting will round out the selection of free beverage tastings.
There will an array of kosher treats to eat (for sale) including Dim Sum, boutique cheeses and olive oil for tasting as well as ice cream for dessert.
Artisan Jewelry will also be for sale.

Entrance to the event will go from 6PM lasting to 11PM although people can lounge about until midnight. It’s best to arrive early (before 730PM) if you want to ask a lot of questions. As the crowds arrive later winemakers and staff can be too busy pouring to answer every question. As a wine writer, believe me I know. Wines will be for sale so what you taste you can take home. In fact, one lucky guest will win a 12 bottle wine fridge stocked with wines from the festival as each ticket is also a raffle ticket.

There is plenty of free parking and its very easy to get by bus. Some options are 29 and 39 from Herzliya Marina. 29, 39, 531, 501, 502,47,247 from downtown Herzliya. 501, 502, 47 and 247 from Tel Aviv and 29, 47 , 247 from Kfar Saba and all those buses also come from Summit Ra’anana and down Ahuza (downtown Ra’anana) if you’re coming from Jerusalem or Haifa. For other buses check Egged and Metropolitan webs sites.

This year to pay respect to the people of Ra’anana’s preferences this event will ONLY feature KOSHER food and wine. This makes sense for a town where almost all the restaurants and markets are kosher and everyplace closes on Shabbat, don’t you think? Please turn out and show the organizers that they made the right choice.

As far as I know this will be the only all kosher Israeli wine event in Israel this year outside of Jerusalem.

Tickets at the door or online will be NIS 70.

It’s a good deal for all you can taste and a glass to take home and a chance to win a stocked wine fridge. I know some people who are canceling their party plans for birthdays and anniversaries and moving their party to the festival.

call the organizers 052-486-7373/054-496-8568 for information or to buy tickets or check out their website www.Festivino.co.il to register for tickets online