BB Young Professionals Moroccan Tea Party

BB Young Professionals

Report by Valerie Tesler

B’nai B’rith Young Professionals (BBYP) were treated to a perfect summers’ day in Regents Park at this year’s annual Klezmer in the Park festival, organized by JMI (Jewish Music Institute) on Sunday, 11th September.

From 4pm until 6pm, BBYPs enjoyed a free Moroccan Bazaar-style picnic as they chilled to the tunes and feel good vibes in the sun.

This year’s line up featured Lorin Sklamberg and The London Klezmer Allstars, followed by The Turbans and The London Bulgarian Choir plus Simo Lagnawi, a Guembri player and Gnawa Master.

A few young families, who had made their way from the Kids’ Zone in the main tent, also stopped by to socialise and have a bite.

Over 75 people stopped by the BB-branded picnic area, with those who had not pre-registered, signing in and providing their contact details. Around 50 also filled in the new BBYP Membership Forms.

Several guests expressed their interest in B’nai B’rith, asked about its work and enquired as to what future events are coming up.

The picnic area was set up near the Kids’ Zone, close to Regents Park’s boating lake, and had gold, claret and turquoise shimmering fabrics laid out on the ground. Large oversized cushions in orange, turquoise, coral, royal blue, green and beige were strewn around to complete the Moroccan ‘look’.

Posts with large blue and white B’nai B’rith logos, mounted on bamboo sticks, were stationed around to denote the area.

The picnic-ers tucked into a variety of Middle-Eastern dishes, (provided by Hendon Bagel Bakery), including mini vegetarian cigars, falafel and spicy samosas with chickpeas as well as crudite and hummus, all eaten on ‘gold’ plates, with multicoloured napkins.

There were Mediterranean platters with homemade hummus, drizzled with olive oil, surrounded with traditional pickles, baby eggplants and Sabich platters made up of boiled eggs, hummus, baked aubergines, spicy tuna and sliced tomatoes.

The music from the bandstand got everyone in high spirits as the picnic area filled out as people danced on the sides, chatted and sampled the dishes.

Traditional baklava was served for desert. In lieu of traditional hot, sweet tea, there was lemon and peach-flavoured ice tea served in plastic ‘tea’ glasses, in a variety of bright hues; green, yellow, orange and pink.

The afternoon finished on a high note as the last band closed the show, while the last rays were still shining.