Eat and Drink Food Book Fair events you can't miss By GEORGIA KRAL April 21, 2014 3:22 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email The third annual Food Book Fair is this weekend. There are so many ways to take part: attend a dinner, hit up the pop-up bookstore or go to a panel discussion. Here are our eight reasons why you can't miss this year's Food Book Fair. The Umami Talk + Tasting Photo Credit: Food Book Fair You've heard of umami, right? The so-called "fifth taste"? Even if you haven't, you've tasted it. It naturally occurs in some foods, from tomatoes to Parmesan cheese, and is also manufactured (MSG!). This event celebrates umami and is the closing event at the Food Book Fair. There will be a lecture by the professor and author Ole G. Mouritsen ("Umami: Unlocking the Secrets of the Fifth Taste") followed by a tasting prepared by the Chez Jose chefs Jose Ramirez-Ruiz and Pamela Yung. $50. Wythe Hotel Screening Room, 80 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg. Tickets and Info The Food Book Slam Photo Credit: Food Book Fair Cookbook writers will read from their books but will also face off in this sure-to-be-fun event. Tom Mylan of the Meat Hook (and the soon-to-be released "Meat Hook Meat Book") will be battling, as will Ava Chin (author of "Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal" and the edibles columnist for The New York Times), Sarah Zorn (author of Brooklyn Chef's Table) and Noah Fecks (author of "The Way We Ate"), among others. There are two different slams. $25, the Wythe Hotel Screening Room, 80 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg. Tickets and Info The Food Book Farm Photo Credit: Alanna Gladstone Food Book Farm is a family-friendly event taking place at Smorgasburg at East River Park, 90 Kent Ave., Williamsburg. There will be an interactive schoolyard for "agriculture enthusiasts of all ages." Think beehives (with a demonstration by Meg Paska, pictured, author of "The Rooftop Beekeeper: A Scrappy Guide to Keeping Urban Honeybees"), butter making and milking stations, free Organiv Valley milk and cookies and children's music. If that weren't enough, there's a "name that poop" game that's slated to go down, too. ALL AGES, indeed! FREE. Tickets and Info The Genetically Modified Organisms Panel Photo Credit: Food Book Fair You've heard of them before -- GMO's. Maybe you've heard they are bad for you, but how much do you really know? What are the opportunities and the risks involved with using genetically modified seeds? This panel is being presented by the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) and panelists in the roundtable include Amy Harmon, science writer at The New York Times and Margaret E. Smith, professor in the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics at Cornell University. Dave Arnold, founder and president of MOFAD, moderates. SOLD OUT, but there is a WAIT LIST. Wythe Hotel Screening Room, 80 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg. Tickets and Info The Pop-up Food Fair Bookstore Photo Credit: Diner Journal The Food Book Fair is all about the printed word, first and foremost, and books and journals (including Diner Journal, published by Andrew Tarlow of Diner, Marlow & Sons, Roman’s, Reynard and butcher shop Marlow & Daughters) spanning the genre will be for sale at the Pop-Up Bookstore at the Wythe Hotel. Time to stock up! Head to 80 Wythe Ave. in Williamsburg everyday through April 27 between 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. to score some foodie literature. FREE. Tickets and Info The Food + Farming + Scale Panel Photo Credit: Food Book Fair As consumers become more aware of sustainable food and the movement that is making it more accessible, there are questions of how to logistically manage the rising demand. How can local, organic food be made accessible on a larger scale? That's the question this panel will try and get to the heart of. Panelists are Margaret Gray, author of "Labor and the Locavore," Scott Chaskey, author of "Seedtime," and Theresa Marquez, mission executive at Organic Valley. $15. Wythe Hotel Screening Room, 80 Wythe St., Williamsburg. Tickets and Info Brew Pub: Home Brew as Social Activism Photo Credit: Food Book Fair Beer is awesome! But beyond that, this beer tasting event brings together home brewers from across New York City who have all created a beer "inspired by the neighborhood surrounding the Wythe Hotel," so, Williamsburg. The nabe is also home to the long-standing Brooklyn Brewery, so beer runs in the blood in these parts. But this event is about more than just beer; it's based off s project of the Portland-based artist Eric Steen, which "explores home brewing as a form of social activism." We're intrigued! $30, Wythe Hotel Main Event Hall, 80 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg. Tickets and Info The Food and Race Panel Photo Credit: Food Book Fair One cannot fully appreciate food without thinking about what it took for that food to reach your plate. And what food is available to whom (food access) is a pressing question for all sustainable producers, urban farmers and anyone who works in the industry. This panel will look at the impact of race on our food systems, and features Bryant Terry, author of Afro Vegan and Jonathan Wu, chef/ owner of Fung Tu in Manhattan. $15, the Wythe Hotel Screening Room, 80 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg. Tickets and Info By GEORGIA KRAL Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.