Valleys Festival 758.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
For the past eleven years the Tastes in the Valleys Food Festival has been celebrating the farmers’ fields of the Jezreel Valley region, the wonderful local landscapes and the unique local delicacies of northern Israel. Hills checkered with anemones, groundsel, wild chrysanthemums, narcissi, cyclamen, natural beauty spots and fascinating heritage sites dating back to pioneering Jewish settlement in the Jezreel Valley – these are the backdrop that awaits visitors to the festival, which will take place between February 15th and 26th. The festival’s opening event was held as part of KKL-JNF’s Tu BiShvat activities.
“Beauty and tranquility such as this can be found only here in the Jezreel Valley,” declared KKL-JNF Co-Chairman Eli Aflalo at the official opening event, which was held on February 8th at Beit Fein in Bethlehem of Galilee. “This festival transports us back to tastes and places unique to the valley region. I’m sure that the general public will enjoy the tours, workshops and outdoor activities for all the family – and also, of course, the tasty dishes prepared by expert chefs.”
The festival is organized jointly by the Valleys Tourist Board, the regional councils of Megiddo, the Jezreel Valley and Ramat Yishai, and KKL-JNF, all of which combined forces to produce an unforgettable experience of food and nature.
“KKL-JNF acquired the Valley lands a hundred years ago, but rather than look back we tend to look forward to the next hundred years of collaboration with KKL-JNF,” said Eyal Betzer, Head of the Jezreel Valley Regional Council.
On every Friday throughout the festival KKL-JNF will be offering the general public free excursions whose routes lead to some of the Jezreel Valley’s best-known nature and heritage spots, including the Jallamy Bridge site that tells the story of the Jezreel Valley Railway, Landau Forest, the Sde Yaakov farmers’ fair, the Kfar Yehoshua mosaic, the KKL-JNF woodland adjacent to Kfar Yehoshua railway station and the Bethlehem of Galilee Spice Farm. There will also be a meeting with the granddaughter of HaShomer co-founder Alexander Zaid and stories of the German Templers who settled in Bethlehem of Galilee.
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