The Steampunk World’s Fair is the world’s largest Steampunk event!  This year’s event will be from May 4 – 6, 2018 and as always will be in Piscataway, New Jersey. Everyone is welcome, from the veteran Steampunker to the simply curious.  Come and join us for a weekend of merriment, we’d love to meet you!

 

Tickets are now on sale for the Steampunk World’s Fair, May 4-6, 2018!
The Steampunk World’s Fair, the world’s largest Steampunk festival, has helped some of the best-known performers in Steampunk get discovered. Now we’d like to share the Steampunk joy and expand its horizons. For 2018, we are seeking the greatest undiscovered Steampunk AUTHOR in the world!

Calling all artists:  We’re holding a Steampunk Art Show at this year’s SPWF!  Want to be featured in the exhibit?

What, exactly, is The Steampunk World’s Fair?  We’re glad you asked!  We’ve gone into a bit of detail for you on our About Page – take a gander!

The Steampunk World’s Fair is under new management! It will be the same great event you’ve always known and loved and the noticeable changes should be minimal. We’ll be updating the site in the next few days, so keep an eye out for that.

New and don’t know where to start?

No problem!  First, we recommend reading about Steampunk in general, and then also about what the Steampunk World’s Fair is.  Then, take a look at our Entertainment line-up and our Merchant roster to get an idea of the things you can expect to enjoy at our event.  Our VIP & Add-on event listings are a good way to see all the extra, premium content we have to offer, too!  Then, when you’re ready, take a look at our Buy Tickets page to join us at the next SPWF.

The Latest from our Curators

Did somebody say Steampunk Art Show?!

Why, yes, we did say Steampunk Art Show!  As in we’re holding one at the 2018 Steampunk World’s Fair and we’re hoping you all as excited about it as we are!  Here’s the general idea:

We’ll take over the hotel restaurant on Friday and Saturday and redecorate the way we do best – utterly and completely.  (Or as much as physics allows.) Just Magical Events gremlins will replace all of the boring, mundane artwork in the restaurant with your whimsical, crafty, awesome artwork!

We believe it will be quite the improvement.

We’re still fleshing out the details, but there’s a form right over here where you can submit your paintings, photographs, drawings, sketches, collages, and other fine forms of original 2D artwork.

 

Edible Steampunk Dessert Decorations for Beginners

cake in steampunk style isolated on a white

Or, if I’m honest, also for the lazy and the artistically-deficient.  And by that, I mean dead simple, and still looks fantastic! I used to think that not everyone has the time, inclination, or (eh hem, like me) the talent to make jaw-dropping Steampunk desserts. Or maybe we do! Here’s a quick list of decoration tools and products you can get to turn that every-day cupcake into a clockwork cupcake masterpiece:

Gears, Cogs, & Clockwork

Gears are probably the most universally-recognized Steampunk shape, so we’ll start with those.  The easiest way to make soft food items like fondant, cookie dough, and sandwich bread look like a gear is to use a cutter of some sort. I have a few you can take a peak at below:

This cutter is 3D printed and technically made for fondant cutting, but works well for any soft food.  They are made to order for a very good price and currently on sale at JB Cookie Cutters.  They offer a couple styles of gears which you can see at the bottom of the page as well, and you can order them in whichever diameter you wish.
Another great place to find cutters with Steampunk flare is Etsy!  Just check out this one by TheCookieCutterLady, which has sharp edges and comes in a variety of sizes.  (She also sells cutters in the shape of swords, plaques, and vintage keys, so check her store out!)

 

Edible Art

Edible paper (called wafer paper) is a great way to make your iced cookies and cakes look literally hand-painted and come in an incredible array of styles (including custom!)  I’ve found a couple excellent examples for your next Steampunk tea party:

Alice in Wonder Wonderland Wafer Paper Which of us could ever say “No!” to a Mad Hatter Tea Party?  None, I dare say!  These edible wafer paper designs are not just for children and come in 8.5 x 11″ sheets with 25 assorted images.  They’re available from Fancy Flours, who also carries hundreds of other designs as well.
Hot Air Balloon Wafer Paper Here comes Etsy to the rescue again!  QueenofTartsWafers has a delightful array of edible art suitable for your splendiferous needs.  The best part?  They’re made with potato starch, water, vegetable oil, and food coloring, so they won’t taste strange, but they will certainly look it, in a good way!

 

Breaking the Mold

Feeling a bit more daring?  Check out these extremely cost-effective and awesome-looking molds for icing, fondant, chocolate, and more!  These mold kits are all available on Amazon from Anyana:

 

Finishing Touches

Those are some good basic design shapes, but what about that last touch of class you want?  If you have a local crafting store, chances are they sell Wilton brand cake decorations, which can help you through that last mile to the delicious finish line!  Just look at some of these:

Bronze Pearl Dust

Stick-n-Stay Scroll Stencils

Gold Color-Mist Icing Spray

Pearlized Silver & Black Sprinkle Mix

Edible Mustache Candies

 

And that, dear readers, should get you off and decorating on the right foot.  Though, if you need inspiration, I highly suggest you check out the Steam Cakes Steampunk Collaboration gallery on Facebook – some of the pieces there are truly awe-inspiring and incredible to behold.

~ A guest blog by Evalynn

Chocolate Absinthe Bundt Cake: a Steampunk Holiday Recipe

The holidays, as wonderful as they are, can also be, well…a bit challenging. Okay, maybe a lot challenging.

My normal remedy for handling the headaches, stress, and drama brought on by exceptionally busy days, loud in-laws, rampaging children, and endless renditions of Jingle Bells is usually to drink.  A lot.  However, that isn’t always feasible nor acceptable, so let me present to you an excellent alternative: the Holiday Chocolate Absinthe Bundt Cake (or Steambundt cake, if you will.)  This is virtually guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser and help you get to the new year in one piece.

Chocolate Absinthe Bundt Cake

Recipe makes 1 9-inch bundt cake, assuming you don’t drink all the absinthe before you begin.

Tools

  • An electric mixer, strong arms, or an unwitting volunteer with strong arms.
  • One 9-inch bundt cake pan
  • Wire cooling rack

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup absinthe
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground anise
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Beat the butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Gradually add sugar, continuing to beat well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until fully blended after each addition.
  2. Add the absinthe of your choice (if it’s not a brand you’d drink, don’t use it); beat until blended.
  3. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and anise in a separate bowl and mix well to disperse ingredients.
  4. Add the dry ingredients from step 3 to the sugar mixture alternately with hot water, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition.  Mix in  the extracts last.
  5. Pour batter into a greased and floured 9-inch Bundt cake pan.
  6. Bake at 300° for 60 minutes.
  7. Cool while in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove from the pan and cool completely on the wire rack.

Optional Glaze:

If you’re like me and you like glaze on your cakes, here’s an excellent quick glaze to go on top of this cake:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon absinthe
  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoon water
  • Zest of one lime
  1. Once the cake has cooled completely, whisk together the glaze ingredients above until smooth. Please note: Only use the lime zest in the glaze if you plan to eat the cake the same day it’s made.
  2. With the cake still on a wire rack, place it over a cookie sheet or other pan. Pour the glaze over the cake, letting it run down the sides. Scoop up the excess glaze that has fallen on the cookie sheet, and continue to pour it over the top of the cake. Make sure to get an even coating on every surface of the cake.

~ A guest post by Evalynn

Holly Brewer

There’s nothing more steampunk than the plants that grow through cracks in concrete. Nothing can contain us and none can tame us. We make. We grow. We listen. HUMANWINE’s Mother has new songs for us.

Mark P. Donnelly

Professor Mark P. Donnelly (S.S.S./ E.A.A./ B.F.H.S./ S.W.A.S.H.) has been studying armed combat in various incarnations since the age of thirteen.  After years of research and training in the disparate disciplines of western martial arts, sport fencing, stage combat, tournament fighting and eastern martial disciplines, he moved from the US to England in 1996 to undertake a PhD in Medieval Archaeology through York and Oxford Universities.

Professor Donnelly is joining us for several events this year, more information coming soon!

What Sharp Teeth: An Unconventional Fairy Tale

But somehow I never like Grandma’s house
As much as I love the dark wood…

Join us for an adventure in the dark and Freudian woods! “What Sharp Teeth” is a tale as twisted as the path to Grandmother’s house – and the Big Bad Wolf bit off more than he could chew when he encountered the bigger, badder Crocodile! The reptile’s rendezvous with Red Riding Hood unravels into a darkly humorous rock opera which both celebrates and sunders the magic of fairytales. It also has elements of Steampunk, Geek culture, and a pinch of Gothic darkness, and the unusual worlds we love at Just Magical Events.

While “What Sharp Teeth” has been performed by Jeff Mach as a one-man show, this is the first fully-staged version.The show is brought to you by many of the creative team behind 2016’s SPWF production of Absinthe Heroes. It’s chock full of surprises, plot twists, Easter eggs, and – just as things are starting to get seriously silly – it arcs into exhilarating drama and storytelling.

www.whatsharpteeth.com

Professor Wetware’s Electric Medicine Show

We present a collection of lovingly preserved and restored classical electrotheraputic devices for your edification and experience. While the violet ray device, Electreat Mechanical Heart, Davis & Kidder Patent Magneto-Electric Machine, Auto-Kure Medical Battery, and Bunnel Faradic equipment are pretty well guaranteed not to cure your catarrh, phthisis, dropsy, hysteria, or neurasthenia; you are guaranteed to find interacting with them to be…stimulating. Those of you with Borg implants, implanted biomedical devices, or Dalek Servitor enhancements should be aware that these devices produce electrical stimulations and Tesla discharges refined to 19th century standards, and limit direct contact accordingly if required by your implants.

Lady De L’Etoile

During Victorian time, dancing was considered a very important social skill.

Come let Lady De L’Etoile teach you some dance basics in Learn to Waltz, Learn to Tango and Learn to Foxtrot workshops and you’ll soon be setting the dance floor on fire!


Learn to Tango

The tango originated in the 1880’s in the lower class districts of Buenos Aires and Montevideo. This sultry partnered dance is characterized by long elegant steps followed by quick syncopated and sharp movements.

This workshop will focus on basic steps so don’t worry if you have never danced before! Lady De L’etoile will have you steaming up the dance floor in no time.

Learn To Waltz / Learn to Waltz 2

Shocking when it was first introduced in Vienna in 1780’s because of the close proximity of the dancers, the waltz soon spread to become popular across Europe and is still popular today. Even if you have never danced before, Lady De L’Etoile’s easy teaching style will have you spinning and gliding like a pro.

Learn to Waltz 2 will be a class with more advanced steps for those who have attended Learn to Waltz in previous years.

Learn to Foxtrot

A slightly more modern dance, the foxtrot was developed around 1910 and is still practiced today. The movement is similar to the waltz but is performed in 4/4 time instead of 3/4. Its long, continuous movements are fun and easy to learn, so come dance with Lady De L’Etoile in an era slightly more dieselpunk feel.

 

Aurum LARP

Aurum is a Steampunk themed combat (boffer) LARP (live action roleplaying) game located in New Jersey (NJ) centered around exploration, discovery and teamwork.

Players join the expedition as humans, dwarves, elves or halflings to explore and settling a newly founded continent using the power of steam tech and magic.

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Aurum LARP
Murder in the Courts of the Forged Kingdom

An important figure in the world has been found dead. Can the expeditionists unravel the mystery of who killed them?