Edible Book Festival

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Prepare to eat your words.

The idea at the Edible Book Festival is to create an edible work of art inspired by a book, which will then be exhibited and judged. It’s a competition, exhibition, fundraiser, and afternoon tea buffet all rolled into one family friendly affair, kicking off at noon at the Rotunda in Exchange Square.

Previous entries have included some delicious works: ‘Pita Pan’ (a pan full of pita bread), ‘Cream and Punishment’ (a mess of cream and raspberry coulis with a knife stuck into it) and ‘Hamlet’ (the letters L, E and T made from wafer-thin ham).

“It’s not your usual, high octane charity event,” says Louise Garnaut, who co-founded the yearly festival in 2007 with her sister Michelle, proprietor of M at the Fringe. “It’s low-key, it’s fun and it’s an opportunity to be creative that you don’t usually get in Hong Kong.”

While entry is free, the afternoon tea costs $150 – all proceeds from the festival go to the People’s Food Bank at the St James Settlement. Points in this competition are rewarded for taste, wit and imagination, with a separate prize category for junior and secondary schools. This year’s judges are a panel of local literary and culinary personalities, who include Mandarin Oriental pastry chef Yves Matthey and author Nury Vittachi.

“If you tell a kid, read a book, it’s good for you, they will run a mile,” says Vittachi, who also emceed at last year’s festival, “The way to make kids read books is to let them know they’re fun, and that’s exactly what this event does.”

Samantha Leese

Exchange Square Saturday 21. See www.hkbooks2eat.com for details.

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