Following up on the successes of past years, Northern Hills Synagogue invites the entire community to join in a festival of food and fun at the third annual River City Kosher BBQ Festival. 

This year’s event will take place from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at the Synagogue, located at 5714 Fields Ertel Road in Deerfield Township.

According to Jeff Bassin, Northern Hills vice president, the festival’s primary purpose is community building, to promote inter-religious harmony and cooperation.

“Many people in Warren County and the northeast suburbs do not have much experience or exposure to Jews and Jewish practices,” Bassin said. “We want to build connections and community among Jews and non-Jews alike. What better way to do this than with a celebration of food and fun.” 

The event is open to the entire community and admission is free. 

Food offerings at the festival will include brisket sandwiches, hot dogs, vegetarian sandwiches, a variety of side dishes, Italian ices, and beer.

“The food will be delicious,” promises Amy Callahan, Northern Hills kitchen manager and caterer.

Highlighting the entertainment will be the rock/pop band Joey Said No. This group performs throughout Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky, with a combination of old favorites and more recent hits. 

For children, there will be a bounce house, corn hole, Ga-Ga, and a variety of other games. 

Of special note will be a presentation by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office K-9 squad, demonstrating the role these trained dogs play in investigations. The festival will also feature exhibits by local artists and a silent auction.

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