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Join us in writing the next chapter of Food Book Fair, the first-of-its-kind festival all about food media!
THANK YOU! We did it! We're on the way to writing the next chapter of Food Book Fair, and couldn't have done it without your support. Save the date for May 1st - 2nd at the Wythe Hotel. Visit www.FoodBookFair.com for more info. See you at the fair!
THANK YOU! We did it! We're on the way to writing the next chapter of Food Book Fair, and couldn't have done it without your support. Save the date for May 1st - 2nd at the Wythe Hotel. Visit www.FoodBookFair.com for more info. See you at the fair!
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WHAT IS FOOD BOOK FAIR?

Food Book Fair launched in 2012 as the first event of its kind: part festival, part conference, set at the intersection of food culture and food systems.

Dubbed the "Coachella of writing about eating," "a voracious reader's dream," and, simply, "food geek heaven," our event remains ceaselessly inspired by food media — books, of course, but also print and online magazines, television, film and radio.

For four years and counting, we've been producing dynamic programming that includes panel discussions, a pop-up food bookstore, a festival-within-the-fair all about indie food magazines, cooking demos, conceptual literary dinners, film screenings and much more.

WHY A KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN?

We want to keep this thing going — and we want to do more.

Food Book Fair began as the thesis-project-that-could of founder Elizabeth Thacker Jones, while she was a graduate student in New York University's Food Studies program. Now Team Food Book Fair is two of us — Kimberly Chou and Amanda Dell — and with your support, we can produce the fifth annual Food Book Fair, May 1st-2nd, 2016, and look toward turning this into a more sustainable event and business.

SO WHAT WILL THIS CAMPAIGN DO?

This Kickstarter will enable us to get Food Book Fair off the ground for 2016. By backing us, you'll make it possible to:

RETURN TO THE WYTHE HOTEL — we were the first event at the Wythe the first weekend it opened, and we've hosted Food Book Fair there every year since.

MOVE FOODIEODICALS — our indie food magazine festival-within-the-fair — to a larger location, one that allows us to welcome more attendees as well as more participating magazines.

INVITE MORE SPEAKERS AND PRESENTERS from outside the New York area, and help defray travel costs.

LOWER TICKET COSTS and offer scholarship options for students and people who otherwise can't afford to attend.

IMPROVE COMPENSATION for our amazing, agile team of event producers, all wearing many hats at once. This campaign will help us adequately compensate everyone with funds upfront, rather than afterwards, as many events are run.

FEED YOU MORE delicious food and drink at our events. Last year we served breakfast, lunch, snacks and cocktails three days straight, not to mention beverages of all kinds, all day. Let's top that!

COME TOGETHER — People who take part in Food Book Fair tell us what moves them most is that our festival brings together people having many different conversations, from many different places under one roof. Join us in gathering this community of readers, writers, eaters, drinkers, farmers, chefs, activists, artists, scientists, and food lovers together for this event unlike any other, for the fifth annual year.

BUT, WAIT! THERE'S MORE

We've got big plans of where to take this thing. Should we make our goal and then some, we will: 

TAKE IT ON THE ROAD — We've long flirted with taking Food Book Fair to other cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago. After four-plus years of building connections, with additional money pledged going into a coast-to-coast event fund, we can actively pursue those dreams of branching out.

Risks and challenges

We want to host the best event possible with all the bells and whistles our resources can provide. Those resources have become harder to come by, and hosting this event in one of the most expensive cities in the world provides an additional challenge.

However, we've run a scrappy, indie-minded event with a lean, mean production team and hurdled unexpected obstacles before — and we're determined to make Food Book Fair 2016 happen in some way, shape and form, no matter what.

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    THANK YOU!

    A huge thank you we shout into the sky, plus your name immortalized on our website as an official FBF 2016 backer.

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    FOODIEODICALS BONUS PACK:

    One ticket to our indie-food-magazine-fair-within-the-fair, "Foodieodicals," Sunday May 1st, where you can meet and mix with dozens of magazines and their makers (and enjoy unlimited snacks and a free beverage) — PLUS a digital recipe download from one of our favorite participating 'zines.

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    FOODIEODICALS, YEAR-ROUND EDITION:

    One ticket to our indie-food-magazine-fair-within-the-fair, "Foodieodicals," Sunday May 1st — PLUS a one-year subscription to one of our favorite foodieodicals. Select quantities of each; pledge early to get your top choice!

    Titles include:

    Jarry Mag
    Gather Journal
    Lucky Peach

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    FOODIEODICALS, YEAR-ROUND EDITION, vol. II:

    One ticket to our indie-food-magazine-fair-within-the-fair, "Foodieodicals," Sunday May 1st — PLUS a one-year subscription to one of these o.g. foodieodicals. Select quantities of each; pledge early to get your top choice!

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    Put A Egg On It
    Diner Journal

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    FOODIEODICALS, OUNCE MAGAZINE EDITION:

    One ticket to our indie-food-magazine-fair-within-the-fair, "Foodieodicals," Sunday May 1st — PLUS an original NYC Food Map digital illustration from Ounce Magazine creator Leslie Wang.

    OUNCE Magazine is an independent published zine & city food guide introducing food culture and hidden spots of local recommendations with 100% illustrations. It combines gastronomy, travel, and design in artistry and crafty pages.

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    ALL DAY and ALL of the NIGHT:

    One pass to all of our Sunday May 1st programming, which includes access to all of that day's panels, our indie-food-magazine-fair-within-the-fair, "Foodieodicals," and our celebratory evening event.

    PLUS a digital recipe download from one of our favorite participating 'zines.

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    TABLES FOR TWO:

    Two tickets to Tables of Contents, our annual collaboration dinner with Egg Restaurant where all of the food is inspired by great works of literature. This year, we're reading and feasting on Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God," Saturday, April 30th, 2016.

    PLUS two tickets to Foodieodicals, and two digital recipe downloads from our favorite participating 'zines.

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    ALL THAT and a BAG OF CHIPS:

    Two day passes to all of our Sunday May 1st programming, which includes access to all of that day's panels, our indie-food-magazine-fair-within-the-fair, "Foodieodicals," and our celebratory evening event.

    PLUS two tickets to Tables of Contents, and two spots in a workshop of your choice during our Monday May 2nd programming.

    And a digital recipe download from one of our favorite participating 'zines.

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    THE BIG KAHUNA, including everything in ALL THAT and a BAG OF CHIPS, plus one of these very special experiences with friends of Food Book Fair:

    - A tasting with Master Sommelier Laura Maniec and dinner for two at Corkbuzz in New York City.

    - A year of learning to Eat Real Food! Reward includes two spots in four seasonal Chef's Table classes at The Brooklyn Kitchen.

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    THE BIG KAHUNA, with-a-cherry-on-top edition, including everything in ALL THAT and a BAG OF CHIPS, plus this very sweet experience with a friend of Food Book Fair:

    Ice cream social at Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream! I scream, you scream with a party for up to 12 people at the parlor; must be 12-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday, seven days advance notice required, 90 days expiration date from end of campaign.

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    THE BIG KAHUNA, including everything in ALL THAT and a BAG OF CHIPS, plus this up-close-and-personal experience with a friend of Food Book Fair:

    - Four-course dinner for four cooked by Chef Eli Sussman. The co-owner/co-chef of Samesa and Ed and Bev's and co-author of several cookbooks — with brother Max Sussman — will fete you in your own home. Must be redeemed, with advance notice, within New York City by the end of 2016; dietary accommodations, other details to be sorted out directly with chef after booking.

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