Edible Book Festival 2014

On April 10, the Edible Book Festival took over Room 116 at Memorial Library, attracting over 200 visitors and viewers of many creative, clever entries. The Libraries News & Events article recapped the event. In case you didn't get to see it this year, here are some more pictures - useful for inspiration for next year, too!

Deep End of the Ocean by Nancy McClements was some of the prettiest Jell-O ever.

The Deep End of the Ocean by Nancy McClements

In the Cut was a bologna flip-book like we've never seen, by Jeannine Shinoda, the artist behind (m)eat.

In the Cut by Jeannine Shinoda

Also fantastically clever was the Reference Department's Chicago Manual of Style.

Chicago Manual of Style by Memorial Reference Department

Kids' books inspired many entries, including the towering Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! by Stephanie Unertl.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! by Stephanie Unertl

Stinky Cheese Man by Team ILL was a multi-sensory experience; Charlotte's Web by Willow, Autumn and Nola Walker was gorgeous.

Stinky Cheese Man by Team ILLCharlotte's Web by Willow, Autumn and Nola Walker

A Day no Pigs Would Die by Erin Anthony and A Game of Scones by Deb & Hannah Nies elicited many an LOL.

A Day no Pigs Would Die by Erin AnthonyA Game of Scones by Deb & Hannah Nies

Even more pictures are on Flickr. Enjoy!

Edible Book Festival 2014 call for entries

Hey, out there in Madison-food land!

We know that many of our readers love to 1) eat and 2) read! So, UW Memorial Library and UW-Madison General Library System want to see how well you can combine the two.

Next Thursday is the Edible Book Festival at Memorial Library. They are looking for even more entries to make this year's festival the grandest of all. (See also: 2012 and 2013 reports for inspiration.)

Fahrenheit 451Here's what to do:

  1. Think of your favorite book or else a book that could make a clever edible design.
  2. Make sure that the project can be ready by April 10.
  3. Fill out the online entry form by April 7. (NOTE: the additional information)
  4. Get to work! Make that idea a reality using foods. Fruit, cake, pie, icing and vegetables have all made great materials in the past, but maybe you can use meats or crackers or anything you can eat.
  5. Deliver your entry to Memorial Library by 11 AM on the day of the judging (don't worry, they'll get you the details).
  6. Win a fabulous award in any of these five categories: Most Creative Use of Ingredients, Best Visual Presentation, Funniest/Punniest, Best Literary Mash-Up and, of course, People's Choice. Enjoy a delicious reception, too!

That's right! You have the right stuff and you can make your dreams come true. Or, at least, you can make a diorama about literature out of food.

Good luck!


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