From Our Editors
During its first year in 2013, Halal Fest drew more than 10,000 people—five times the expected turnout. Needless to say, the event has been a major hit since its inception, and this year, that trend continues when the fest unpacks for the first time in Fremont. Here's a closer look at what you can find there:
- All Things Halal: Halal, which means "permissible" in Arabic, is to Muslims what kosher is to Jews. Halal food has been blessed and is considered pure and lawful for Muslims to eat based on the type of food it is and how it has been prepared. Though mostly used to describe food, the term also applies to other goods and daily life.
- The Food: The certified halal food comes from all over the world. Dozens of food trucks and stalls whip up different kinds of eats, including Middle Eastern, Pakistani, Indian, Mediterranean, Arabic, African, and American dishes.
- The Bazaar: Halal Fest hosts a signature (and massive) bazaar, where vendors sell everything from clothing and jewelry to artwork and toys.
- Odds and Ends: In between scarfing and browsing, you can hop on carnival rides, play family games, witness cooking demos, and dance to live music.