Food & Beverage

Food takes center stage at #BmoreBookFest! The Food For Thought stage has always been a popular destination for foodie festival-goers, but this year the Baltimore Book Festival has expanded its culinary programming throughout the festival footprint. For the first time, all food and beverage vendors at the festival will be local and sustainably sourced. Cookbook demonstrations and author appearances still take place at Food For Thought Stage, but demonstrations and author talks related to sustainable eating, food access equality, cultivating diversity in farming and children’s food interests will be available at several stages.

The BBF website also offers a new home page entitled “Foodie Hot Spots at Book Fest” where visitors can easily explore all of the culinary delights that book festival has to offer such as:  cookbook author appearances, live recipe demonstrations, menus for participating artisan food vendors, food-themed children’s activities, where to get samples from foodie sponsors and information on culinary-themed book talks happening all over the festival!

Here’s a taste of everything culinary happening at #BmoreBookFest:

Food Vendors   
Indigma of Mount Vernon
will host the Bombay Café on Pier 1. Zekes’s Coffee will be at the CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Children’s Corridor with yummy treats made by the Red Canoe Bookstore Café. Maryland favorites between West Shore Park and Kaufman Pavilion include: Trinacria, Chic Crepes, Smokin Joe’s BBQ, Bankok Garden, Otterbein Bakery, Greek on the Street and Miss Twist.

Beverage Vendors 
Peabody Heights Brewery
is the festival’s official craft beer provider with 3 locations on-site. Other beverages include Dragonfly Farms Sangria and Wines, Charm City Meadworks, Maui Wowi Hawaiian Smoothies and Boxed Water Is Better.

Food for Thought Stage 
The Food for Thought stage offers a chance to learn and sample delicious recipes prepared by celebrity chefs and cookbook authors. All demonstration recipes and samples are prepared using groceries and supplies sourced from the Baltimore Farmers Market & Bazaar. Author highlights this year include: Chef Patrick O’Connell, Mary Lou Baker & Holly Smith, Kathy Hunt, Alice Randall & Caroline Randall Williams, Bryan Voltaggio, John Shields, Joy the Baker and Reid Mitenbuler.

Friday, September 25
11AM-3PM 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.

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.

USS Constellation Special Tour!  “Seafarer’s Tales of Toil, Tradition, and Macabre!” Friday, September 25, 8PM Inner Harbor Constellation Pier
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

Saturday, September 26
10:30AM-8PM USS Constellation Pier
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

11AM Erin Hagar, Julia Child: An Extraordinary Life in  Words and Pictures (Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage)
Erin Hagar, fiction and nonfiction writer for children and teens, presents from her illustrated by Joanna Gorham biography of Julia Child.
1PM Natasha Bowens, The Color of Food: Stories of Race,   Resilience, and Farming (Red Emma’s Radical Books Pavilion)
Author and farmer Natasha Bowens (brown.girl.farming) explores the critical issues that lie at the intersection of race and food.

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.

4PM 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 (Health & Wellness Stage)
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.

5PM 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.

5PM Earl Grey, Hot: Future Food, Famntastical Food
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. 5PM Science Fiction Writers of America Stage

Sunday, September 27
7AM 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 on Sundays between April 5, 2015 and December 20, 2015 from 7am to sell out (typically noon).  The market is located below the Jones Falls Expressway at Holliday and Saratoga streets. 

1PM Cara Nicoletti, VORACIOUS: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way Through Great Books. Moderated by Richard Gorelick (Inner Harbor Stage)
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.

3PM 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.



Sept 25-27, 2015
Fri-Sun: llam - 7pm


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