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Halal fest to return Saturday at NewPark Mall

NEWARK — As nearly 10,000 people last year crowded into the state’s first-ever Halal Food & Eid Festival, its unexpected popularity caused long lines and food shortages, leading organizers to rethink this year’s reprise.
 Co-organizer Irfan Rydhan says now they’re ready for a throng of revelers outside NewPark Mall, where the festival Saturday will celebrate food prepared according to Islamic dietary rules.

“We’re going to do a few things differently that will help things run more smoothly,” said Rydhan, a San Jose resident and architectural designer.

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Chris DeBenedetti