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Eat Up the Seattle Edible Book Festival This Saturday


The weather forecast for Seattle on Saturday calls for mostly soppy rain to partly gloomy, with temperatures in multiple layers of fleece. What better reason to spend the day inside.

The Seattle Edible Book Festival offers more than a chance to escape the Seattle spring, however, with tables laden with two of our city’s favorite pastimes: books and food. While the offerings fall in the category of visual feast, you’ll also get a chance to taste them when the judging and awarding is over.

Goodnight Moon Pie, Photo by Rakka on Flickr
Goodnight Moon Pie, Photo by Rakka on Flickr

The festival provides a venue for amateur and pro literary foodies to create and display edible works of art based on books. Past entrants include, The Unbearable Lightness of Bean, The Bun Also Rises, Goodnight Moon Pie, Curd Vonnegut and A Sweetcar Named Desire. The punnier the better for this contest.

It’s too late to create an entry, but it’s not too late to make plans to attend. Viewing opens to the public at noon and you’ll get a chance to vote for “Best in Show.” The event takes place March 31st at The Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford in the 4th floor Chapel Room. The address is 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N. Admission is $10. The celebrity judges will make awards at 1:30 pm and at 2:00 pm the edible books will be sliced into and served with coffee, tea and milk.

Much Ado About Muffin, Photo by Rakka on Flickr muffin
Much Ado About Muffin, Photo by Rakka on Flickr muffin

The judging categories:

• Most Pun-derful
• Most Drop-dead Gorgeous
• Most Delectably Appetizing
• Best Young Edible Artist (K-12)
• Best in Show – voted by the hungry horde, presented by the Edible Emcee – Nancy Guppy

Take a look at the Flickr photo stream from last year.