You Won't Have Leftovers at Baltimore’s Small Foods Party

A food fair in Baltimore serves up tiny versions of popular meals.

WORDS Amber Love Bond
February 2020

Photography by Brian O'Doherty

On February 8, gourmands will descend on the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, for what is likely the only food festival in the world that cautions its attendees to eat beforehand.

Going on its 15th year, Baltimore’s Small Foods Party sees competitors planning for several months to concoct clever tiny edibles. Picture shot glass-sized to-go boxes filled with Lilliputian lo mein and toothpick-like chopsticks, smaller-than-your-palm cafeteria trays stacked with nostalgic school lunches and even tiny marshmallow toilets.

Categories such as Bright Idea, Bad Idea, and Blue Plate Special spark creativity. Last year’s Blue Plate winners made an old-fashioned deli meal complete with bagel and lox the size of a cracker, a micro kugel, tiny pickle spear, a black and white cookie and a thimble of Dr. Brown’s Cream Soda. All that was missing was the miniature cast of Seinfeld.


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