Healthy Highlights at Maadi Food Fest…

maadi food fest

CSA hosted our first Maadi Food Fest today.  It was a really great day.  We had 28 participating food vendors, many of my personal favorites from the neighborhood.  Owing to a big push on social media, we were expecting huge numbers.  While we were busy, fortunately we were able to accommodate everyone that showed up.  And if the early feedback is any indication, a fantastic time was had by all.

Of course there were some less healthy (but delicious) options featured at the event. However being the health professional that I am I wanted to highlight a few of the vendors featuring healthy options.

The Vegan Kitchen

I was really looking forward to seeing The Vegan Kitchen at the event.  The are the first truly Vegan restaurant in the city (if you don’t count the koshary places!)

Unfortunately due to an emergency in the kitchen they arrived ~2hrs late, which was a bit of a bummer, but better late than never I suppose.  My wife and I have eaten at their restaurant once before and were quite impressed.  Their menu is surprisingly diverse.  For someone who isn’t a vegetarian, let alone vegan, there were plenty of options that sounded appealing.

At the Maadi Food Fest they were giving out samples of a new creation – baked watermelon sushi!  I’m not sure I’d consider it sushi (the watermelon added a sweetness you usually don’t encounter), but it was pretty tasty.  I think we may need to plan another trip back there soon.

vegan kitchen


The Vegan Kitchen
10, Street 256, Maadi
Cairo, Egypt
0115 500 6688

Minnie’s Dried Fruits & Vegetables

Minnie’s dropped off a bunch of samples at CSA the other day, so I had the opportunity to try many of their dried fruit snacks.  They’re a little unlike any dried fruit I’ve tried before.  It might sound funny but they’re REALLY dry.  It’s by no means bad, just different.  Apparently this is owing to the fact that all of their products are solar dried.  The strawberries were probably my favorite, but I’m keen to try their sun-dried tomatoes and mushrooms as well.

The other really cool thing about Minnie’s is that they provide training and employment opportunities for underprivileged women in rural areas.  Also, the packaging of their products is recyclable and the carbon footprint of the project is minimal.  It easy to want to support a business like theirs.



Minnie’s Dried Fruits & Vegetables
Mansheyet Kasseb, Giza, Egypt
+2 011 1104 7555

Abu Auf

Another snack vendor, Abu Auf is a roastery and nut house with many locations throughout the city, including on Road 9 in Maadi.  More recently they’ve also started stocking other healthy grain products, including quinoa, which has only recently made it’s way to Egypt.  Their nuts, seeds and dried fruit, make a really great base for trail mix or homemade granola.

abu auf


Abu Auf
60 road 9 – Maadi (+9 other locations in the Greater Cairo Area)
phone: 19969


I don’t know too much about these guys, but their menu and message certainly appear to be good ones.  Their menu offers mostly salads and sandwiches and wraps, complete with calorie information.  They have 3 locations in Greater Cairo – nothing in Maadi right now, but they will deliver here for any of those so inclined.

good cals


for Maadi Deliveries call: 0102 299 2374 / 0102 299 2376


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