Each year, the Darom Adom Festival, follows the rainy season, when the ordinarily green landscape of the northern Negev is covered with a magnificent carpet of scarlet red anemones. To celebrate this spectacle of Israel’s national flower being in full bloom as well as Israel’s agricultural achievements more generally, is the annual Darom Adom Festival. Each weekend between January 29 to February 21, 2015, will feature a great array family-orientated activities will be taking place in the Eshkol Region. And during the mid-week, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery in the region taking advantage of some of the activities whilst the region is quieter.
Darom Adom 2015 events
Special events take place each weekend during Darom Adom
Every weekend during February
Fields of red flowers in the Northern Negev. Image Rafi Babayan
The month long-festival, spread over four weekends features free nature activities, and free guided tours (in Hebrew although many guides will be able to speak in English)
Every Thursday will be a concert series with many of Israel’s most popular artists including The Idan Raichel Project, Dana Berger, Red Band.
Every Friday there will be a farmers market in the Shokeda Forest, with the anemones blossoming in the background
Every Saturday there will be a “Water Market” in the Bessor (Eshkol) National Park, near the Bessor’s springs with a colorful farmers marketing offering produce from the Negev crops; as well as a cafe in the nature; activities for children, playgrounds and an exciting juggling show for the whole family.
Throughout the festival, there is bike rental, taste in the cheese market at the entrance to Kibbutz Be’eri; participate in a fascinating actors activity in the Joe Alon Center in the Lahav Forest: while the inhabitants of the ancient village come to life; enjoy the farmers market at the Kfar Aza junction or from “Pashook” (just a market) at the ostrich farm in front of Eshkol Park; from a family experience in a Brazilian atmosphere at Kibbutz Bror Hayil, and eat and drink at a Brazilian Meat & Boutique Wine in nature and more.
South Red Picnic Baskets: Rather than bringing a packed lunch visitors can purchase a picnic basket containing a variety of organic local produce. This can be enjoyed whilst sitting on the hills of the Negev. Contents include a selection of organic vegetables and cheeses, rustic fresh bread rolls accompanied with jam, honey and butter. This can be ordered in advance on +972 (0)8-9949374.
For more information about the festival, information on lodging sites, restaurants and attractions, call 972 (0)8-9949374.