Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Jerusalem Wine Festival

It is an annual tradition here in Jerusalem for the Israel Museum to host the Jerusalem Wine Festival, a popular outdoor event at one of Israel's most beloved venues. Currently underway, the Jerusalem Wine Festival goes from August 15-18, 2011 so if you haven't been yet, you still have a few days left to enjoy the festive summertime activity. 

For 70 shekels (the equivalent of $20 US), you gain entrance to the Jerusalem Wine Festival, which includes your glass and an unlimited number of tastings from the dozens of Israeli wine options being offered on-site. Israeli wines have won several international awards in recent years, so there will likely be many options to satisfy your palette. You'll also have the chance to snack on select cheeses with your wine (because what would wine be without the accompanying cheese tastings)?


Set to background music of classic jazz and situated in the heart of one of Jerusalem's most scenic views, the ambiance is well worth the visit. The festival always attracts large crowds and is open nightly during the days of operation from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. 

The Wine Festival takes place outdoors in the stunning Art Garden, which is worth a visit just for the views there alone, along with the accompanying artwork on display outside (I'll leave it to you to explore the garden's artwork for yourself in person....the dozens of pieces are all amazing and are definitely conversation starters!)

If you were lucky enough to get there on Tuesday night, the Israel Museum actually leaves its museum doors open until 9 p.m. every Tuesday night. That way, you would have the option of visiting the Wine Festival and the indoor museum exhibits the same night. Here's a little bit of what you might see inside the Israel Museum's doors:

The Israel Museum is most famously known for possessing the mysterious Dead Sea Scrolls, housed inside the Shrine of the Book (that white chocolate chip looking building below). So, if you didn't make it inside the museum during the Wine Festival, you should definitely head back for a visit. In fact, there are many reasons you should head back to the Israel Museum. Not only are the exhibits amazing (i.e. multiple life-sized replicas of some of the most interesting synagogues around the world including a South American masterpiece where the interior floor is completely covered with sand); but also, the summer festivals are really something worth attending. Check out their website here in order to browse through the summer festivals and events at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

Shrine of the Book
Dead Sea Scrolls are found inside the Shrine of the Book (right)
Wine, jazz and beautiful views isn't your thing? (Come on, who wouldn't enjoy such a nice outdoor event?!) Perhaps I have something for you that is more up your alley. Here's a sneak peek at the upcoming August 31-September 1 event, The Jerusalem Beer Festival. Quite possibly Jerusalem's most attended summertime event:


Further details coming closer to the festival date! For now, get out there and enjoy the Jerusalem Wine Festival. Nothing like summer nights with a glass of wine, good company, classy music and views worth mentioning. Enjoy!

Israel Museum aerial shot
* Thanks to the Israel Museum website for hosting the Israel Museum images!

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