Delicacies to entice the masses

Taste of the City, an event celebrating its 13th year at Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv will celebrate 60 years of culinary Israel.

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Just reading the list makes the mouth water: fresh-baked artisan bread, cheeses, olive oil, smoked meats and fish, wine, pastries, preserves, beers chocolate, crêpes and many more edibles and potables. And that doesn't include the 100 or so stands representing Israel's leading restaurants offering tidbits from their menus for NIS 20 to 25 per portion. It's all happening at Taste of the City, an event celebrating its 13th year at Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv from May 26-29. Food is center stage, but there's also music, street theater and a nightly parade. This time around, Taste of the City will celebrate 60 years of culinary Israel. Though there was not much food in the state's early years, there was an explosion of culinary delights in the late '80s. All of a sudden, local growers, dairymen, bakers, butchers and wine makers woke up to the treasures here. Increasing travel exposed our young and adventuresome chefs and restaurateurs to the wide world of tastes. Local foodies grew and multiplied, and behold, we have all benefited. The largest food fair in Israel offers plenty to buy, so do the environment a favor and bring shopping bags or baskets.