This past weekend marked the one year anniversary of the A-Shams Arabic food festival in Downtown Haifa — a new Haifa annual tradition to go with Haifa’s now thriving downtown culinary and cultural scene.
Every day, new restaurants, bars, and artisan shops are popping up, lining the recently renovated pedestrian walkways with a colorful and upbeat vibe that is reflective of a new era. Festivals such as this one urge curious minds to hit the pavement and explore the alleyways and streets that carry a renewed and vibrant atmosphere, now synonymous with our beautiful little Mediterranean port city.
A-Shams is also indicative of the unique quality of co-existence that exists here in the city. In a place where Jews, Christian, Muslims, and Druzes do more than just live side by side, this moment in time commemorates a coming together to celebrate something that we can all get behind — delicious food that has been prepared with love and good will.
Whether you prefer savory or sweet, or you simply crave connection of the human spirit, Haifa continues to be the place to go to fulfill your appetite. And if your heart is won over through the stomach like mine is, then the city and all of its little wonders is sure not to disappoint. Join us later on in the month for the Holiday of Holidays celebration, or just any time of the year, to experience what I mean.