3 weekend events good enough to eat

Feeling hungry? Or hungry for fun? Here are three events to fill your weekend — and your stomach.

First, one of Seattle’s most Seattley events: The Edible Book Festival. As Seattle Times book editor Mary Ann Gwinn describes it, “entrants use titles of books as inspiration for funny and weird (not to mention tasty) culinary concoctions” — such as last year’s “Jurassic Tart” (pictured) or “Lord of the Fries.” The entries are judged, prizes are awarded and everything is gobbled up at the end. It happens from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Good Shepherd Center. Admission is $10. For info, go here.

Everyone knows that South Seattle eateries serve up lots of great food from around the globe, but not everyone knows where to find them. Plate of Nations solves that problem: You can sample Halal Asian curries, Somali goat shawarma and other exotic dishes, for $15 to $25, at 10 participating restaurants in the South End through April 7. Find the restaurants listed and mapped here.

The Washington Brewers Guild has gathered area beermakers for the Washington Cask Beer Festival, where you can taste 70 cask beers, from noon to 4 p.m. and 5:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday. The event is at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion and designated drivers get in for just $5 (“designated riders” pay $35-$40).

If you’re still hungry when Monday rolls around, you’ll be interested in Seattle Times reporter Tan Vinh’s story about Monday-night dinners, the pop-up operations that add an international flavor to the beginning of the week. Among them, Judkins Street Cafe, La Bete, Mistral Kitchen … and maybe one in your neighborhood?

For dessert, I leave you with this video weekend-preview, below, taped this morning at KING 5 TV. Bon appetit!

(Photos: Edible Book Festival 2011 by Mark Sullo; Monday-night dinners lean Mexican at Sitka Spruce, by Erika Schultz.)

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