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This Weekend: Two Very Seattle Food Events

Vegfest and Cook the Books

By Jessica Voelker April 9, 2010

Pride and Prejudice, as interpreted by a past contestant of Cook the Books.

Some stereotypes are awesome and should be not only lived up to, but celebrated. Seattle’s much-noted penchant for hippie food, along with its frequently expressed devotion to literature, can be honored in two ways this weekend. Behold:

April 10 and 11 is Vegfest, held at the Exhibition Hall at Seattle Center. “There are over 500,000 free food samples from over 200 companies for you to taste,” reads the website “with foods such as Italian baked tofu, garbanzo bean curry and even Chocolate Silk soy milk.” Even chocolate soy milk! Love it. The fest runs from 10am to 6pm on both days, and costs just $8. Kids under 12 get in free.

The there is the 5th Annual Seattle Edible Book Festival—AKA Cook the Books—at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford. Here, contestants create edible interpretations of their favorite works of literature. It starts at noon on the 10th, admission is $10. Prizes (“most pun-derfull,” “most booklike in structure”) are awarded at 1:30pm. After that everyone eats the art and talks about how they don’t have cable—how they don’t even know what this Jersey Shore even is.

I can’t think of two better ways to teach your kids to be good Seattleites.

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