By Erin Murphy, from the Food Lovers' Village Mysteries by Leslie Budewitz
BUTTER OFF DEAD, coming in July from Berkley Prime Crime, available for pre-order now
The Jazz Festival and workshop is always a lively week. And there’s Whitewater, when the kayakers takes advantage of the Class III and IV rapids on the Jewel River. I admit, there was a time when the crowd left a few too many beer cans in the bushes and the organizers had to get serious about cleaning up their act, but they succeeded, and the festival is now solidly established.
Our newest event is the Festa di Pasta, to kick off summer. My creation, and I was ready to call it a one-off after—well, I’ll spare you the gory details, but when a group of Village merchants asked me to spearhead a second Festa, I did agree. Sunshine, wine, and great food in a great town—what’s not to love?
And we’ve got the the annual Fourth of July Parade, the Cherry Festival, the Taste of Jewel Bay, the Sidewalk Chalk party, and at the holidays, Decorating Day and the Christmas Parade and Art Walk.
So why did we need a Food Lovers’ Film Festival in mid February? To bring a little color and light to a village mired in the deep midwinter. Let other towns break the monotony of February with hearts and flowers. But a town that calls itself the Food Lovers’ Village and boasts first-class summer stock plus a vibrant community theater? Food and film, a natural combination.
What could possibly go wrong?
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