The popularity of hummus is exploding in America, drawing comparisons to the rise of Greek yogurt.
Local hummus-makers can try to impress a hummus expert of sorts during the upcoming Charlotte Jewish Film Festival. Filmmaker Alex Matros will judge a hummus contest in conjunction with the showing of “Life and Hummus.”
In the film, Matros sets out travels through Israel and Palestine in search of the world’s best hummus. He discovered deep connections that different cultures have over the humble dish of chick-peas pureed with oil, herbs, and spices.
Matros will appear in Charlotte on July 24 to discuss the 40-minute documentary and judge the contest.
You don’t need to divulge your secret hummus recipe. The only rule is that you bring enough for the film-goers to sample. There’s no fee to enter, but registration is required here.
The events are part of Fan Appreciation Day at the CJFF, now in its 12th season. Three films will be screened during the day, and all events take place at the Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters. You can find schedule and ticket info here.
Susan Gundersheim is interim director of the CJFF. She promises, “If you like movies, if you like hummus, if you like Mediterranean food, it will be a great time for all!”