Foodie Hot Spots at Book Fest

Foodie Hot Spots at Book Fest

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Thanks to all festival goers, authors, sponsors, exhibitors, staff and crew who made the 20th annual #bmorebookfest a success. See you September 23-25, 2016!

NEW for 2015!

For the 20th anniversary of the festival, we've added two new stages to continue Baltimore's literary celebration! Click on the link below for more info.

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Erin Hagar, Julia Child: An Extraordinary Life in Words and Pictures

Erin Hagar, fiction and nonfiction writer for children and teens, presents from her illustrated by Joanna Gorham biography of Julia Child. Saturday, 11AM at Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage.

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Waterfront Partnership’s Harbor Market

This pop-up lunch market takes place in McKeldin Square and features local vendors and food trucks such as Dooby’s, BricknFire Pizza Co., The Smoking Swine and The Charmery. Friday, 11AM-3PM

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Natasha Bowens, The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience, and Farming

Author and farmer Natasha Bowens (brown.girl.farming) explores the critical issues that lie at the intersection of race and food.Saturday 1PM at Red Emma’s Radical Books Pavilion. 

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Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar

Steps away from the Inner Harbor, Maryland’s largest producers-only market offers an assortment of produce, meats, dairy, breads, flowers, collectibles and crafts every Sunday until December 20, 2015 from 7am to sell out (typically noon). The market is located below the Jones Falls Expressway at Holliday and Saratoga streets.

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Forrest Pritchard, Growing Tomorrow: A Farm-to-Table Journey in Photos and Recipes: Behind the Scenes with 18 Extraordinary Sustainable Farmers Who Are Changing the Way We Eat

Interest in local, sustainable food is at an all-time high. Farmers’ market and CSA devotees, backyard homesteaders and community gardeners all want to know more—much more—about how our food is raised. Now, seventh-generation farmer and author Forrest Pritchard introduces us to 18 heroes of the sustainable food movement. Saturday 4PM at Health & Wellness Stage. 

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Cara Nicoletti, VORACIOUS: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way Through Great Books Moderated by Richard Gorelick

As a young bookworm reading in her grandfather's butcher shop, Cara Nicoletti saw how books and food bring people to life. Now a butcher, cook, and talented writer, she serves up stories and recipes inspired by beloved books and the food that gives their characters depth and personality. From the breakfast sausage in Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House in the Big Woods to chocolate cupcakes with peppermint buttercream from Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections, these books and the tasty treats in them put her on the road to happiness.Sunday 1PM at Inner Harbor Stage. 

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John Shields Cooking Demonstration and Book Signing at McCormick's World of Flavors

McCormick's World of Flavors hosts John Shields for an exclusive cooking demo and book signing. In addition, the World of Flavors will have an array of its top-selling spices, rubs, marinades and other specialty items available for purchase at the festival. The World of Flavors retail store, located in the Light Street Pavilion, will also be open during the festival for any customers that want to explore its many offerings or go online to to view additional merchandise.

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USS Constellation Ship’s Company Living History

Ship’s Company Living History unit will be aboard. Ship's Company is a living history organization dedicated to the preservation of the American maritime heritage. We interpret many aspects of maritime life between 1775 and 1865. Interpretations include both Sailors (Navy and civilian) and Marines. Performances to happen at Constellation pier.

*indicates free demonstrations occurring on the Pier outside the museum. All other programs free with admission.

10:30AM Cutlass Drill!*
11:30AM Gun Drill- Visitors are invited to see this demonstration of the ship’s great guns.
12PM Commence Firing! The presentation culminates with a live-firing of the ship’s 20-lbr Parrott Rifle, viewable from the Pier.
1PM Powder Monkey Tour: Tour of the ship focusing on the life of the youngest members of the Navy.
1:30PM Small Arms Drill!*
2:30PM Anchors Aweigh! Hands-on activity using the ship’s capstan.
3:30PM Gun Drill- Visitors are invited to see this demonstration of the ship’s great guns.
4PM Commence Firing! The presentation culminates with a live-firing of the ship’s 20-lbr Parrott Rifle at 4PM, viewable from the Pier
4:30PM Ship’s Company Q & A.  Please ask the Ship’s Company any questions you may have. 
5PM Anchors Aweigh!   Hands-on activity using the ship’s capstan.
6PM Food in the Navy!   Hear what sailors could expect from a menu of squares, slush, and dandyfunk.
7PM     Last Boarding

8PM Special Concert! The Washington Revels Maritime Voices presents “Songs of the Sea, the Shore and the Chesapeake.” The Washington Revels Maritime Voices present a program of traditional songs of the men who worked the great sailing ships and the women who sustained their shore-side communities. The program highlights the maritime history of the Chesapeake in the early 19th Century and the two sailing ships that bore the name Constellation. There will be plenty of opportunities for everyone to sing along. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for members/seniors/teens, $10 for Youth (For more information on the group, visit <>.) Tickets available at

Saturday 10:30AM-8PM, Inner Harbor, Constellation Pier

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USS Constellation Special Tour! “Seafarer’s Tales of Toil, Tradition, and Macabre!”

An after-hours, lantern-light tour of all four main decks including the ship’s hold and the Brig! Highlights of the Ship’s Service history will be shared along with stories of, hardship, occasional tragedy, and strange occurrences from the published 1862-1865 Diary of ship’s Yeoman Moses Safford. Safford’s diary is available for sale in the ship’s store. Tickets can be purchased at Friday 8PM at Inner Harbor Constellation Pier.

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Fresh Juice, Fresh Approach with Gundalow Juices

Meet the creators of Baltimore’s very own Gundalow Juice! Learn about different types of juice, their health benefits and how bottles can be sustainably produced. Join the bottle artwork competition; you’ll have the opportunity to create your own design that could end up being featured on Gundalow Juice labels. Saturday 5pm at National Aquarium Stage.

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Sustainable Seafood Demo with Nutreatious

Choosing sustainable seafood is a simple way to help protect and preserve our overfished seas. Join the chefs from Nutreatious for a cooking demo and learn a simple recipe for sustainable salmon that you can easily recreate at home. Saturday 1PM at National Aquarium Stage.

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Earl Grey, Hot: Future Food, Famntastical Food (Science Fiction Writers of America Stage Saturday)

From food pills to food printers to the latest in Elven lembas bread, our experts will whet your appetite for fictional food. Panelists: Diana Peterfreund, Cat Rambo, Lawrence M. Schoen, Bud Sparhawk, Fran Wilde, K Ceres Wright Signing Table: Cinda Williams Chima

Bonnie Matthews: Hot Hip Grilling Secrets

Simple fresh and healthy recipes for folks looking to make better food choices without sacrificing flavor. Friday at Authors Tent.

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Sept 25-27, 2015
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