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The 'Red South' - 'Darom Adom' 2019 Festival Preview

 This year the anemones in the South of Israel have bloomed early making this preview tour even better than last. Again the preview tour presented some new participants that will be opening their gates to festival comers this year.

WHEN: Over five weekends 31 Jan 2019 - 2 March 2019

Additional details can be found on the OFFICIAL FESTIVAL'S HEBREW WEBSITE.  https://www.habsor.co.il

In general, the festival offers plenty of activities for the whole family ranging from nature tours with actors that greet the children in the fields, markets, agricultural fairs, Bedouin workshops, the Be'eri Mountain Biking Marathon (Feb 8th, 2019), the traditional anemones march held by KKL-JNF (Feb 9th, 2019), the anemone race (Feb 15th, 2019) and much more.

The festival also include live musical performances termed "South Red LIVE" by the best Israeli artists every Thursday and Friday night throughout festival sites. The musicians this year will include Rita; Shlomi Shaban, Asaf Amdursky and Yael Kraus in their performance "Singing the High Windows"; Hadag Nahash will host "Tuna"; Shuli Rand; Maor Edri; "Slightly different"; David and Jonathan - David Broza and Jonathan Geffen; Tipex and more. You are encouraged to arrive on Thursday and make a long weekend of it, in order to enjoy the festival more fully.

Trip Agenda Options

  • The flour mill "Kemah Haaretz" in Moshav Kochav Michael
  • The anemone field at the Varmulan Parking Lot in Sa'ad Junction
  • A creative workshop at Tutsi's Courtyard in Moshav Maslul
  • Farm 77 in Moshav Tkuma
  • Green Pub in Kibbutz Nir Am
  • Kibbutz Yad Mordechai


The flour mill "Kemah Haaretz", Moshav Kochav Michael

The flour mill 'Kemah Haaretz" is a boutique kosher mill in the South serving both bakeries all over Israel.

During the festival, the flour mill will be opened on Fridays for baking demonstrations, tasting and the sale of baked goods. You will be able to see the flour mill, the grinders and receive an explanation of their milling process. Breads can be ordered in advance.

The Anemone Field at the Varmulan Parking Lot in Sa'ad Junction

The beautiful anemone flower photos were taken in this field. This location includes a deck footpath built by KKL-JNF leading from the parking lot to the observation post. The deck is easily accessible for people with disabilities and leads them all the way into the field.



A Creative Workshop at Tutsi's Courtyard in Moshav Maslul

A very sweet couple live in Moshav Maslul. Tutsi (she'll tell you how she got her nickname) and her partner Daniel Moreno a carpenter and chef have opened a very special workshop and gallery full of their handmade furniture and other vintage items. The two of them work with recycled wood, renovating old furniture and custom-made furniture.

During the festival you are invited to one of their workshops to create crafts that you take home. There is one entitled "Talking signs" in which you learn to create a wooden sign. Another workshop called "Everything hangs on it" allows you to create hangars or racks. A third workshop entitled "A story in a box" is for building your own windowbox of spices. Also, during the festival there will be workshops for the renovation and painting of "Shabby Chic" furniture.

You can also buy refreshments on site in case you're hungry.



Farm 77 in Moshav Tkuma

Farm 77 will be celebrating the strawberry season during the festival and offers self-picking of hanging strawberries, a tractor tour, an educational tour of the hothouses with agricultural explanations.

Green Pub in Kibbutz Nir Am

Green Pub is a restaurant-bar where some of the live music shows will take place. As its name suggests it offers dishes for the whole family and a rich bar. Due to its location you can even schedule it as a stopover for a late meal on the way back home to close the day.

Kibbutz Yad Mordechai

During the festival, you are invited to the bee and honey house where you will see a demonstration from a beekeeper, enjoy honey tasting, create a candle craft from beeswax and can even register for a honey cake workshop. Also available are the tractor tour and a guided activity at the 1948 battlefield where the children are able climb real tanks and touch the authentic weapons.

After the activities, visitors will be able to drive to the anemone field in the Karmia reserve near the kibbutz.

For the contact details of all these locations, please refer to the full article on:



Photos by Silvia Golan

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