by Volunteer blogger Richard Wade
Two of life’s greatest pleasures are getting lost in a good book and enjoying your favorite food with friends and family. Well, on Saturday April 2, 2016 from 3-6pm at Western New York Book Arts Center, you can enjoy both at the same place and time.
The International Edible Book Festival is a family-friendly event that takes place on or around April 1 each year throughout the world. According to the festival’s official website Books2eat.com, the festival is celebrated on or around April 1 to commemorate the birthday of French Gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, known for the book Physilogue du gout, “a witty meditation on food.” The tradition was initiated in 2000 by Judith A. Hoffberg and Beatrice Coron.
Those who would like to participate should deliver their edible books between 12-2:30 on Saturday April 2 to WNYBAC, with receipt of payment attached. Each entrant will receive two free admissions to the festival. A fee of $5 for members and $8 for non-members will be required for each entry. If you have any questions, please call 716-348-1430 or visit wnybookarts.org/events for more information.
A panel of celebrity judges will score all entrants from 4:00-4:30 in the following categories:
In addition to an Edible Book Craft for Kids, WNYBAC will also be hosting a Letterpress Demo in our studio for all ages, basket raffles, and-new this year-be host to local food-related vendors Butterblock and Buffalo Citybration! Don’t miss out on Butterblock’s delicious baked goods and Citybration’s Buffalo books!
Food-related exhibition Mogu Mogu ~ Munch Munch by Harumo Sato will also be on view during the Edible Book Festival. You won’t want to miss this interactive installation of screen prints and life-size stickers!
Want to submit your own Edible Book? Follow his link to register your edible literary creation.
As a volunteer at WNYBAC, I myself will be creating an edible. While I won’t reveal the book or design until the festival, I wish all other entrants the best of luck with their creations.
Richard Wade is a 2009 graduate of Buffalo State College, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. He is a voracious reader who also enjoys collecting vinyl and attending concerts. Come visit him at the Edible Book Festival!