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Contact:  Chanda Temple, Director of Public Relations
Birmingham Public Library                   
Phone: (205) 444-9279 (cell)

The Birmingham Public Library Preps to Feed the Mind, Body and Soul During its Eat Drink Read Write Festival, Oct. 3 – 10, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ­– (Oct. 3, 2014) – The Birmingham Public Library will kick off its Eat Drink Read Write Festival tonight, Oct. 3, with a soul food-themed poetry slam and beer tasting at the downtown location, 2100 Park Place. Tonight's event will be the first of several set around a theme of food, drink and literature. This is the third year for the festival, which will end on Oct. 10.

Other events during the week will include:
*A panel discussion on living off the land
*A cocktail competition
*A latte art and story event
*A finale party with Food Network Star Martie Duncan and some of her local restaurant friends. The Oct. 10 party with Duncan will be $10.  All other events are free. 
The downtown library will also host two art displays with food themes. 

*Debra Riffe's poster exhibit, "Everybody's Gotta Eat," highlights Southern culture and its food. The posters feature Riffe's linoleum block relief prints. The display is on the downtown library's first floor, now through Oct. 10. 

*REV Birmingham Urban Food Project Presents "The Urban Food Art Installation,'' which features images of farmers, Birmingham restaurants and the group's urban food hub in Woodlawn. The photos, by Pulitzer Prize-nominated photographer Walt Stricklin, show all that goes into creating a robust local food economy.  The installation is in the library's Fiction Department. It will be on display now through Oct. 14.
Please see schedule for events. 
Soul Food Bards & Brews Poetry Slam
Friday, October 3
Time 6:30 p.m. -  9:00 p.m. 
Central Library  2100 Park Place

Join the Eat Drink Read Write Festival's kick-off party with poetry, beer, coffee and soul food. Back Forty Beer Co. and the J. Clyde will provide beer samples while the area’s best poets compete for cash prizes and bragging rights.  Admission is free but it’s $5 to compete. All contestants must perform at least one food-related poem. First place winner will receive $300 and second place will receive $200. Enjoy Full Moon Barbecue sandwiches, chicken pot pie from Todd English P.U.B., bread pudding from the Westin, desserts from Earth Fare and appetizers from Southern Chic Catering. The library will introduce its new coffee from Higher Ground Roasters, BPL Blend. Coca-Cola will provide soft drinks. The evening will start with music by Clutch Band. 
Attendees must be at least 18 to enter and at least 21 to be served. Free admission. 

Pepper Place Market
Saturday, October 4
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Pepper Place Market  2817 Second Avenue South
Bring the kids by BPL’s crafts table at Pepper Place Market for food-related art projects. On Twitter, join Erin Bass from Deep South Magazine from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for a live chat about food in Southern literature. Follow @BPL and @DeepSouthMag on Twitter for the chat. Use  hashtags #EDRW and #SouthernLit to participate in the discussion. Free admission.

Sunday in the Park with Food Trucks and Crafts
Sunday, October 5 
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  
Avondale Park 4101 Fifth Avenue South

Enjoy music, spoken word poetry and vendors during the food truck and craft fair at Avondale Park. Continental Bakery and  Birmingham food trucks Saw's, NOLA Ice, Off the Hook and Cantina will be selling food.
Performers will include: David Seale; Glass Jars; Real Life Poets; and George Griffin and the Firebirds. Free admission.

Food Writers Fair
Sunday, October 5 
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Avondale Library 509 40th Street South

Chef Clayton Sherrod of the Lawson State Community College’s Culinary Arts Program and chefs Adam Elliott and Deborah Harris will do a cooking demo of Sherrod’s Bananas Foster. Sherrod will also sell and sign copies of his cookbook “Truly Southern.” Also Chris Bennett of Hollow Spring Farm will speak on foraging. Erin Bass from “Deep South Magazine” will discuss food writing and Southern cuisine. Free admission.

Jr. Pitmasters Cookbook Cover Art Contest Reception
Monday, October 6 
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Central Library 2100 Park Place

This reception will honor participants in the Jr. Pitmasters Cookbook cover art and recipe contest, presented by Dreamland and the Birmingham Public Library. 

Urban Homesteading Panel
Reservations Required
Tuesday, October 7
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Central Library 2100 Park Place, Arrington Auditorium 

You can live off the land, even in the middle of the city. This panel of experts will tell you how to get started. Katie Davis of Jones Valley Teaching Farm; Josh Terrell of Hop City; and Sallie Lee and Angela Treadaway of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Jefferson County and Shelby County offices, will share their insight on sustainable topics such as urban farming, craft home-brewing, beekeeping, and canning/preserving. Hope Long, library director at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, will serve as emcee. There will also be honey and mead tastings. Complimentary heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by Tau Poco and  Whole Foods. Free admission.

Literary Cocktail Competition
Wednesday, October 8
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
The Collins Bar 2125 Second Avenue North

The Collins Bar will host a happy hour cocktail contest with a Jazz Age theme featuring local bartending members of the United States Bartending Guild. USBG president William Batson of Bar Hops will serve as emcee. Mixologists will create cocktails inspired by works of Jazz Age fiction. Drinks experts Clifton Holt (Little Savannah), Clair McLafferty (Octane), Pat Floyd (Cat Head Vodka), and a mystery judge will serve as judges. Competition will start at 5:45 p.m. Guests are welcome to arrive at 5 p.m. Come dressed in period attire and enjoy complementary heavy hors d’oeuvres. Prizes will be awarded to the best dressed. Free admission.

Food Stories and Latte Art
Reservations Required
Thursday, October 9
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
Red Cat Coffeehouse 2901 Second Avenue South

Join writer and Alabama native Jack Pendarvis of “Oxford American” magazine and Cartoon Network's “Adventure Time” fame and Birmingham's Arc Light Stories storytellers as they entertain with true personal food-inspired tales. Baristas will showcase their latte art. Sample brewed coffee (one cup per attendee) or buy your own specialty beverage. Free admission. 

Birmingham's Best Bites and the Instagrammys
Buy Tickets $10.00
Friday, October 10
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Central Library 2100 Park Place

End EDRW on a savory note with Food Network Star finalist Martie Duncan and some of her food expert friends during Birmingham’s Best Bites finale party. Enjoy delicious bites from some of your favorite local restaurants.  This event is a library fundraiser. Tickets are $10 and can be bought via Eventbrite. (

“There’s a limited number of tickets, so buy your tickets early. It’s going to be a fun party that you don’t want to miss,'' said Duncan. 

Participating restaurants will include: 
Rogue Tavern 
Little Savannah 
Fish Market 
Copper Pot Kitchen 
Kathy G 
Primeaux Wine and Cheese 
Dixie Fish Co. 
Gabriella's Bistro and Art Gallery 
Ashley Mac's 

Coca-Cola and Red Diamond will also be present. 

Some of the best EDRW photos taken during the festival and posted to Instagram with the #EDRW hashtag, will receive an Instagrammy award as part of the InstagramBham contest.

Eat Drink Read Write T-shirts will be for sale at all festival events and at the Friends' Bookstore at the downtown location. The bookstore phone number is 205-226-3676. 
S-XL $10 
XXL   $12 

For more information on festival events, visit
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