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The Feast of Tabernacles (a week-long festival) represents the Messianic Age in which Jesus has returned and is ruling and reigning on this earth for a thousand years. In the time of Jesus’ return, the nations are told to attend the Feast of Tabernacles and in doing so, they will receive rain upon their land. Interesting right? No attendance, no rain. Attendance = rain. This is Bible language for the blessing and abundance of God and dependance on Him.

Throughout this week long festival, people from all around the world will be building temporary structures, called “Sukkahs” or tabernacles which are to remind us of how God brought the people of Israel out of Egypt and preserved them. He was their source and He is our source. We currently live in temporary dwellings of skin and cloth, preserved only by God’s wonder and grace and without Him we would simply cease. Praise God for our dependance on Him!!!! This event usually includes bringing palm fronds (the lulav) that get waived during praise and our celebration. The words Hosannah are used regularly!!

We are going to be celebrating this year on Sunday the 9th of October at 6:00pm with food, praise, worship and a teaching from Ps Greg Cumming.

What To Bring + How to dress

There are a few things that are customary to bring to a Feast of Tabernacles celebration, and we are going to list them so that you can have THE BEST time at ASCEND should you decide to bring these also. The Feast of Tabernacles is called Zman Simchatenu (“the Time of our Joy.”) The reasons for this deep, spiritual joy are many, but the most significant is that we have just come through a long season of introspection, topped by the Ten Days of Repentance, culminating in the Day of Atonement. In addition to this, The Feast of Tabernacles, will continue in the Messianic Age (when Jesus returns). Both Jew and Gentile will go up to the mountain of the Lord (Zion), with great joy to celebrate. This is the great FEAST. This is the GREAT celebration. 

1. What to wear Smart casual clothing – but we also welcome bright and lively!!!

2. Food – This is a FEAST. A time for you to check out some or many of the recipe options below and bring with you on the night food to share. Show us your cooking skills but please make sure to bring your meals in disposable trays. Bring one or some of the following (as much as you are happy to make/bake and bring) – Click here for a comprehensive list of recipe ideas or scroll the image slider below to choose what you would like to bring. 

3. Items to bringBring a palm frond. This will be useful for praise and worship. They did this as they welcomed Jesus into the city, saying, “Hosannah” or “Save now”.

4. Free will offering – At each festival, the people in attendance would bring a joyful, free will offering. This free-will offering will go towards three areas. The production of Kingdom original songs, the poor/those in need in our community and next year’s festivals.

Chicken Okra Stew

This simple and tasty Chicken Okra stew combines basic ingredients like okra, chicken, and carrots, then takes the dish to another level with the addition of African spices. It’s a deliciously comforting one-pot meal your family will love.

uri buri lemon turmeric salmon

This Lemon Turmeric Salmon recipe is enticing for a number of reasons. It is very easy to prepare and the combination of herbs, spices and buttery sauce makes for a flavorful entrée. But what makes it truly special is the story behind the dish… or rather, the chef behind the creation.

roasted eggplant yogurt dip

My Roasted Eggplant Yogurt Dip is a welcome twist on traditional baba ghanoush. Also known as moutabal, this delectable dip has Greek yogurt or labneh added for creaminess and tang. The roasted garlic, tahini, and a pomegranate mint garnish take it to another level.

greek yogurt apple streusel cake

This Greek Yogurt Apple Streusel Cake is a great way to use up leftover Greek yogurt. Deliciously moist and tender, the flavor of this easy dessert cake is enhanced by cinnamon, a sweet, nutty streusel topping, and a pretty white icing glaze.

broccoli craisin salad

This delightful vegetarian Broccoli Craisin Salad is crunchy, sweet and satisfying. It features lightly steamed broccoli, toasted sunflower seeds, sweet plump dried cranberries (craisins), and a creamy sweet-and-tangy dressing. A versatile make-ahead side salad, this recipe can also be made vegan if you use an egg-free mayonnaise in the dressing. The flavour is absolutely addicting!

west african-style brisket

You may have cooked brisket before, but chances are you’ve never made it quite like this. This recipe for West African-Style Brisket comes from the kitchen of my friend Michael Twitty, a culinary historian and author of The Cooking Gene.

His dish combines the Jewish holiday tradition of Passover brisket with a blend of African-inspired spices and ingredients. After a slow roast in a low oven, a tender, garlicky and flavorful brisket emerges with just the right amount of spice.

kartoffelpuffer – crispy potato tahini patties

I am thrilled to introduce you to my newest contributor, Sharon Aharoni. She will be blogging about the rich culinary scene in Israel and abroad. Her first article covers an exciting new vegetarian restaurant in Berlin called Kanaan, and their delicious recipe for vegan Kartoffelpuffer – Potato Tahini Patties. These crispy potato pancakes are a fusion between German, Moroccan, Arab and Israeli food traditions. They are baked, not fried, as well as gluten free.

lentil spinach soup with lemon

This Lentil Spinach Soup with Lemon is a quick and easy one-pot vegetarian meal that is full of unexpected flavour. It’s light, nutritious and satisfying with lots of fibre. Serve it over rice for a complete vegan protein. What’s not to love?

curried vegetable stew

This warming, healthy and delicious Curried Vegetable Stew is the ultimate clean, nourishing meal. It’s a vegan, gluten free one-pot meal with cauliflower, chickpeas and greens in a creamy curry-flavored coconut sauce.

date truffles

These sweet, natural Date Truffles are made by processing dates, almonds and shredded coconut into a thick, moldable paste. Orange blossom water gives them a lovely perfume. A coating of toasted coconut adds flavor and texture while keeping the truffles from sticking to your fingers. These all natural, bite-sized vegan treats are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth in a natural, nourishing way.

kobete – sephardic Savory meat pie

This is a heavy entree, so best reserved for colder weather. The savory spiced meat, tomato and potato filling is hearty and full of flavor. A flaky, golden, sesame-coated crust bakes around the filling. I think this may very well be my husband’s all-time favorite dish. If he is having a rough week, a warm batch of kobete never fails to cheer him up. It’s cozy comfort food, just right for a chilly evening.

jerusalem artichoke soup

The most delicious artichoke soup you could ever try!! Not into artichokes? Give this one a go and you’ll change your mind.

Mediterranean Olive Chicken

This recipe started with a container of  leftover ripe green olives in the fridge. The thought of marinating those salty olives with chicken sounded enticing. I began throwing together all kinds of complimentary flavors– lime juice for a mild tartness, honey for sweetness, garlic and oregano, plus red pepper flakes for a kick. The result is my Mediterranean Olive Chicken– now a favorite recipe on my site, which is cooked in home kitchens all around the world. Who knew those leftover green olives would lead to something so popular and enduring?

sweet potato spinach quinoa gratin

Sweet Potato Spinach Quinoa Casserole – Vegan gluten free entree for Passover or anytime, topped with a rich coconut-saffron “gratin” sauce.

cinnamon babka

Learn to bake tender, delicious homemade Cinnamon Babka with this illustrated step-by-step tutorial. This recipe is tested, reviewed, and ready for your kitchen! Even if you’re not a born baker, you can make a crave-worthy babka by following the steps in this post.

savory grass fed pot roast

Savory Grass Fed Pot Roast – Easy, Flavorful Recipe for Grass Fed Pot Roast with Turmeric, Onions, Garlic & Spices

red rice and beet cakes with honey mustard

Crispy, savory vegetarian beet and oat cakes lightly fried with a tangy-sweet sauce from Maria Speck’s Simply Ancient Grains. Great option for Rosh Hashanah or Sukkot.

Farah's Roast Chicken

Flavorful, juicy roast chicken recipe with garlic, honey, lemon and chili flakes from my friend Farah – easy and delicious.

curry roasted sweet potatoes

Curry Roasted Sweet Potatoes – Easy, Healthy, Crave-Worthy Vegan Side Dish Spiced with Curry Powder, Cinnamon and Salt.

smoky lentil sweet potato soup

Hearty, flavorful vegan soup with red lentils, sweet potato yam chunks, and spices. Easy to make in 1 hour.

butternut squash and crispy kale bake

Butternut Squash and Crispy Kale Bake – Simple Healthy Vegan Side Dish Recipe