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Everyone Loves Latkes! The Third Annual Latke Fest in Glens Falls

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Once Again, Latkes Come to Glens Falls

The Third Annual Latke Fest in Glens Falls: What Are You Waiting For?

Latkes. Photo Courtesy of Dinner With RachelFor almost a thousand years, the consumption of fried foods, especially latkes and donuts, has been a Hanukkah tradition. Deep fried in oil, Latkes (aka potato pancakes) symbolize the day’s worth of oil that burned for eight days, giving us the eight days of Hanukkah.

For the third year in a row, Temple Beth El in Glens Falls will celebrate this tradition by hosting the Third Annual Latke Fest on Sunday, December 1, 2013 from 2–5pm.

Hanukkah is an eight‐day celebration commemorating the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Once the Maccabees were victorious over the oppressive SyrianGreeks in 165 BCE, they returned to the Temple in Jerusalem to discover it had been desecrated by the Greek’s worship of foreign gods. The Maccabees sought to purify their Temple by burning ritual oil in a menorah for eight days, but there was only one day’s worth of oil left. And then there were latkes!

The festival will include live klezmer music, dancing, children’s activities, contests, as well as an abundance of holiday treats. At the center of the festival is the latke cook off, where cooks get knee deep into the spuds to compete for the title of The Golden Latke.

This year’s participating cooks will compete in one of two categories: traditional or twisted latkes.

Traditional latkes are usually made using potato, onion, egg and matzo meal and are served with either apple sauce and/or sour cream– just like grandma used to make. The twisted latke is a variation of the traditional potato pancake, incorporating different condiments, with unique results.

It should be noted that latkes and condiments entered into the competition may not contain meat or shellfish, or be prepared in any animal based oil.

The winner of the Latke Fest will be determined by popular vote. Attendees will be able to sample the latkes and vote for their favorite. Returning champion Matt Levin will defend his two-year run as winner of the Golden Latke.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Desserts will be available for a modest extra cost. Reserved tables of 8 are available for $150.

Temple Beth El is located at 3 Marion Avenue in Glens Falls. For more info call 518-792‐4364.

By The Free George Staff. Photo Courtesy of Dinner With Rachel.

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