Can't say that I've ever heard of an edible book festival, but just such an event is coming up, and apparently it's been going on for 6 years, so clearly I'm just behind the times!
You're not actually eating books, rather people enter book themed art that is also edible into the contest. If you've ever looked at the pictures of the things I cook and bake, you know that aesthetics are not my strong suit when it comes to cuisine. Oh well, I'll be happy to be a taster if not a contestant!
Here's the scoop:
Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta (LVA) and the Southeast Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers invite you to unleash your imagination and your culinary talents for the 6th Annual Edible Book Festival, Saturday, March 28, 2009, beginning at 3 pm. This event originated as a fundraiser for Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta, the only literacy organization in Metro Atlanta that offers one-on-one tutoring in addition to small group classes. Culinary and educational organizations, restaurants, artists, bibliophiles, and the general public are all invited – to compete or simply come and enjoy!
To participate in the Edible Book Festival, create a piece of edible art related to books – old or new – fiction, non-fiction, plays, poetry – use your imagination! There will be entries for both adults and children as listed below. The adult creations will be exhibited at the gallery of the Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur Campus and the children’s edible art will be displayed at The Cook’s Warehouse & Sherlock’s Wine Merchant in Decatur.
The Edible Book Festival is a benefit for Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta, the entries and registration fees will be accepted in four categories:
· Professionals $25
· Culinary Student $15
· Home Chef $ 5
· Child (K-6th ) $5
The entries can promote anything related to books: a scene or character from a book, play, short story, comics, or poem; a book cover; or a book’s structure. All the ingredients must be entirely edible: chocolate, cheese, vegetables, fruit – sweet or savory. Deadline for registration is Friday, March 20, 2009.
The International Edible Book Festival is an annual event held throughout the world, uniting bibliophiles, book artists, and food lovers to celebrate the ingestion of culture and its fulfilling nourishment. For more information about Edible Books internationally, go to www.books2eat.com.
For more details about The Edible Book Festival and to register, go to www.lvama.org or send your check with your registration form to Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta; 246 Sycamore Street, Ste 110; Decatur, GA 30030. Or call (404) 377-READ.