Philadelphia, PA - A popular food festival had to cancel after Chef Nir Sheynfeld's, Moshava Food Truck was to participate in The Taste of Home Festival in Philadelphia. But after threats of protests and violence, Moshava was disinvited.
Taste of Home in Philadelphia Canceled After Backlash of Israeli-Owned Food Truck Participating
The culinary festival was organized by two local organizations, Eat up the Borders and Sunflower Philly. As a result, the two organizations decided to cancel the event after their Facebook and Instagram accounts received backlash for uninviting the Israeli food truck.
The food festival was to take place in Philadelphia's Kensington Neighborhood at North 5th Street but canceled Sunday after the controversy began. One of the organizations, Eat Up the Borders, went as far as deleting their Facebook and Instagram profiles
Sunflower Philly, on the other hand, posted a statement on Instagram. "Due to the ongoing situation with one of our event partners… we have decided to cancel the 'Taste of Home' event today," further stating, "We will continue to host events with people of all races, nationalities, and sexual orientations who are aligned with our mission."
Moshava just opened their Israeli cuisine food truck this year. It was overwhelmed by the outpouring of the community and support for their vehicle.
Moshava made the following statement on their Facebook account:
"We wanted to say thank you to everyone who reached out to us. The love and support we have been receiving for the past 24 hours have been overwhelming."
"We are actively working with both eat up the borders and Sun Flower Philly and will meet with representatives from both sides in the coming days to try and educate and grow together in a safe space for everyone. Although we were disappointed with how the situation was greatly mishandled, we do not believe the organizer's intention came from an antisemitic place. Still, the threats they were receiving to their event were."
"Our shared goal for the future is to steer away from violence and hatred and be able to share a platform with all members of our community and collectively share our cultures."