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 throughout the month of February in 2014, numerous family-orientated activities will be taking place.
Darom Adom 2014 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
Travel by train: This year in collaboration with the inauguration of the new railway line to Sderot passengers travelling on a special train every Friday will be greeted by entertainment as soon as they board the train (08:30 departure from Tel Aviv Savidor Mercaz Station, arriving at 10:00, and returning at 13:00 and at 14:00). Children will receive puzzles and art & crafts and be humored by actors in costume. Upon arrival a tour guide will accompany them among the anemone hills and point out historical landmarks including the burial site of the former general and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. In addition, visitors can partake in art workshops, enjoy musical performances and wander through local markets. Must be booked in advance by calling *5770
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. A double basket costs 135NIS and a family basket suitable for a couple and two children costs 160NIS. This can be ordered in advance on +972 (0)8-9949374.
“Market on the Water”: Eshkol National Park – Every Saturday from 10:00 – 16:00 wander through a colorful farmers’ market along the springs of the Park and the Negev’s blooming flowers. The market offers goods produced from the Negev, ornaments, art, and activities for children. At 12:30 and 14:00 there will be performances promising magic, clowns, acrobatics, balloon-shaping, and juggling. National Park entry fees: 22NIS per adult; 10NIS per child.
February 6-8 2014: Culture weekend
A variety of cultural events will be taking place throughout the weekend.
Live musical performances:
Voca People – Thursday 6 February 20:30, 110NIS;
Maor Cohen and Peter Roth – Thursday 6 February 21:00, 55NIS;
“Backyard” – Friday 7 February 22:00, Pub bar Tse’lim 75NIS (ordered in advance) / 95NIS;
Kabbalat Shabbat with Erez Levi Ari – Friday 7 February 13:00, Naama Farm, 55NIS.
7 February – JNF Cinema Workshop: 11:00 – 12:30, Castle Park. Admission is free but space is limited so advance booking is recommended.
8 February – Color in Nature painting experience: 10:00 – 15:00, admission free. Various locations: Joe Alon Center, The Woodlands Blade, or the Ruhama observation tower.
February 13-15 2014: Sports weekend
Darom Adom sports weekend. Image Rafi Babayan
13 February – Nathaniel Restaurant, Schwadron’s Farm: In honor of Valentine’s Day the restaurant will be hosting ‘The Great Voice’ for an evening of dancing and singing. In addition, you can enjoy a full meal which includes appetizers, a variety of meats and unlimited desserts, wine and beer. Price 150 NIS per person. The evening begins at 20:00. Bookings must be made in advance.
14 February – The Barry mountain bike marathon. Leaps begin from 8:00; Closing Ceremony – 13:00. There is a competitive race for professionals and a folk race for non-professionals. Registration must be made in advance via www.zinok.co.il.
15 February – The annual JNF anemones march held in memory of Shashona Damari. The walk departs from Kibbutz Ruhama at 8:30. At the end of the march there will be markets and food stalls for all participants to enjoy. There are three tracks – a short 2.5km; a medium 5.5km, and a long track of 12.5km.
15 February -“Bike the anemones” – A guided bicycle tour around Kibbutz Beeri. The tour begins at 9:00.
Eshkol Disc Golf Course – visit the only Disc Golf Course in the Middle East, learn about this unique sport and play, surrounded by the red flowers. www.eshkoldiscgolf.org
February 20-22 2014: Culinary weekend
Enjoy the tastes and flavors of local produce and food inspired from further afield.
21 February, 8:30 – 14:00: Indian Food Market – visitors can purchase authentic Indian foods, spices, clothes and jewelry.
22 February, 11:00: Sushi workshop. 70NIS. Bookings must be made in advance.
22 February, 10:00-15:00 – Cooking demonstration and workshop lead by Israeli Chef Ido. Learn tips on cooking with herbs and other flavors and purchase dishes prepared by the chef.
February 27 – March 1: Children’s Weekend
The final weekend focuses on children.
1 March: Hansel & Gretel -themed sweets market.
1 March, 10:00 – 16:00: Aboriginal activities, Australian forest artists and music and an Aboriginal painting workshop.
1 March: Eshkol Park Ostrich Farm – activities for children including a petting zoo, feeding ostriches, a craft area, and food stalls.
For more information about the festival, information on lodging sites, restaurants and attractions, call 972 (0)8-9949374.