Most visitors to Israel will agree that the food is always among the more memorable aspects of their trip. Israeli cuisine is as diverse as the Israeli people with recipes from North Africa, the Middle East, Europe and South America highlighted by local ingredients. The last decade has been a time of explosive growth in the country's dining industry with destination restaurants popping up in nearly every big city. There is no better way to sample all the culinary delights of Israel than to head to one of the many food festivals held year round.
Tel Aviv Food Festival: You could easily spend your entire trip visiting amazing restaurants in Tel Aviv alone, but you might make the most of your trip by joining 500,00 others at the annual Taste of Tel Aviv Food Festival in the spring. Participants include some of Israel's most famous chefs, offering their delicacies at a reduced price.
Chef's Food Festival: Similar to Restaurant Week in many American cities, Israel's restaurants have been offering customers delicious two-course meals for reduced prices on a seasonal basis. If you miss the Tel Aviv Food Festival, this would be a great opportunity to try some of Israel's best restaurants at affordable prices.
Around the World in Rishon LeZion: Visit the world food fair in Rishon LeZion (for free, no less), and you will be treated to 10 different "world areas," each featuring the country's native cuisine, costume, dancing, and music.
Chefs for Peace Food Events: Chefs for Peace, founded by a group of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian chefs, hosts regular events around Israel (and some international events as well). The group uses food as a common language that brings people together, so in addition to eating tasty treats, you will be supporting the group in their mission to connect people of different faiths and ethnicities.
Jerusalem Beer Festival : Dozens of Israeli breweries decamp in the Old Train Station for two days of beer sampling, music and local attractions.