Sunday, April 2nd, 1 PM - 4 PM
For the last ten years, Woodland Pattern Book Center has hosted the only edible books event in Milwaukee, in conjunction with The International Edible Book Festival (IEBF). This year, we are excited to broaden our scope, to collaborate and partner with UW-Milwaukee’s Eat Local:: Read Local, which celebrates the partnerships between local restaurants and poets from Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin.
Apart from the global scope of the IEBF, Woodland Pattern’s Edible Books Show is, like many of its events, a community-driven gathering that brings together a broad range of Milwaukee-area residents. Local students submit group projects, families create entries together, local chefs explore their literary side in participating, and, conversely, Milwaukee artists from all over the spectrum explore their culinary sides. Even musicians find a way to use their talents: for the last several years, the Edible Quartet have fashioned instruments out of edible materials and performed at the show.
While space is somewhat limited, Woodland Pattern invites anyone interested to call and reserve a spot as a participant in the show—adults and kids, individuals or groups, professional chefs or amateur enthusiasts—anyone who wants to bring an idea to edible, bookish life.
There are basically two rules in creating an edible book for the Show. First, the “book” itself must be made of edible materials only (people are going to eat it!). Second, the content has to be book related in some way: participants can construct interpretations of or homages to existing works of literature and art, they can take the opportunity to create original texts, or even simply allude to the forms of books in general.
This year we are excited to have three judges, including Tobias Wray of Eat Local:: Read Local, and Max Yela, UWM’s Special Collections Librarian and Book Artist, who will vote on their favorite pieces in the categories of Most Delectable (i.e. the tastiest), Most Creative (best idea), and Best Visual Representation (in terms of construction). In addition, there will be a People’s Choice Award chosen by attendees. Prizes will be awarded in each category. Participants will enter in the either Community (Adult), Artist, Youth, or Business divisions.
For more information, contest rules or to register, please contact us at 414.263.5001.