Edible Book Day is nearly upon us, and we here at Woodland Pattern couldn’t be happier about our 9th year playing host to Milwaukee’s only International Edible Book Festival event! We hope that you can join us on Sunday, April 26th from 1-4 pm.
This international celebration of literary gastronomy is the perfect way to honor the late Judith Hoffberg - librarian, archivist, and tireless champion of book arts - who dreamt up the idea for the Edible Book Festival at a Thanksgiving table in 1999. Last year, participants prepared a glut of fantastic edible art, and we hope to enlist the region’s diverse talents once more.
The possibilities are bound only by the realm of the edible! In the past, artists have used materials such as candy, chocolate, fruit, vegetables, and tofu to create treats that evoke literary classics or contain original text. Participants enter into one of three categories: Individual Adult (ages 18+), Individual Youth (ages 5-17), or Group (2 or more participants, any age). Attendees will vote for their favorite Adult, Youth, and Group books in the categories of Delectability, Creativity, and Difficulty.
There are basically two rules in creating an edible book for the Show. First, the “book” itself must be made of edible materials only (yes, we’re going to eat the books!). 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.
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.
TO REGISTER: call 414-263-5001, or stop by Woodland Pattern.
We'll begin at 1 pm with display and mingling.
The Edible Ensemble, featuring Gina Litherland, Hal Rammel, and Rick Ollman playing edible instruments, will play at 2 pm
At 3 pm we'll dig in and judge the entries, and just before 4 pm we’ll announce the winners!