By Richard Wade, WNYBAC intern blogger
Individuals across the world enjoy reading books. They also partake in eating everyday, as it is an essential function to sustain a healthy life. While reading books nourishes the mind, food provides sustenance to the body, allowing it to grow.
One would never imagine eating a book, but that is precisely what some people around the world have been doing since the first Edible Book Festival took place in 2000. The festival was created by Judith A. Hoffberg and Beatrice Coron to honor French gastronome Jean Anthelme Barillat-Savarin (1755-1826), famous for his book “Physiologie du gout”, which translates to Physiology of Taste. The event is usually celebrated on or around April 1st each year as this is the birthday of Barillat-Savarin.
Western New York Book Arts Center will be celebrating their 7th Annual Edible Book Festival on Sunday April 12 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. The event, located at 468 Washington Street in downtown Buffalo, will bring aspiring chefs together to cook, compile, and conjure up book-related creations. Entrants will be judged by a panel of local celebrity judges in the following categories: best tasting, most creative, and best book. Judging will commence from 5:30pm to 7:00pm, after which we will all get to enjoy eating our words. Additional festivities will take place, such as a basket raffle and a free edible book kids craft.
If you are interested in participating, please visit our registration page to submit an entry. If you’re looking for inspiration, check out past entries at http://wnybookarts.org/edible-book-festival/. All ticket sales, basket raffles, and entry fees will benefit ongoing programming at WNY Book Arts Center, a 501© 3 non-profit organization.
Richard Wade is the Intern Blogger at WNYBAC. He is a May 2009 graduate of Buffalo State College, earning his bachelor’s degree in Journalism. He has previously written for Sports Media 101 and Buffalo Rising. He enjoys collecting vinyl records and attending concerts.