The 2013 Edible Book Festival takes place 4:00-6:00 pm on Tuesday, April 16 and promises to combine literary and culinary talents in the Madison community. A Hunger Games pie? Fifty Shades of Gravy? Vegetarian depictions of The Jungle? These could possibly be just a few of the entries at the annual University of Wisconsin-Madison Memorial Library event. An edible book is an entry made of edible materials, with the subject pertaining to books in shape or content. In the past, participating food artists, families, and groups have worked with cake, goldfish crackers, alphabet soup noodles, Jell-O, licorice, and even Peeps!
Members of the community are encouraged to attend, ogle the edible art, and vote for their favorite entries. A “real” cake will be served so that attendees aren’t tempted to taste the entries. Prizes will be awarded in multiple categories by the official judges:
- Orange Schroeder, owner of Orange Tree Imports and Cooking School
- Co-authors of the blog “Eating in Madison A to Z,” the husband and wife team of JonMichael Rasmus and Nichole Fromm (who is also a librarian)
- Leigh Henderson, UW-Madison PhD student in the Department of Theatre and Drama, and competitor on the Food Network’s limited series “Halloween Wars“
At a Glance:
- What: Edible Book Festival
- When: Tuesday, April 16 2013, 4:00-6:00 PM
- Where: Memorial Library Commons (728 State Street, Room 460)
- Cost: The event is free and open to the public!
The deadline for entering the competition is April 15, 2013. You don’t have to be a food artist to apply! For more detailed information and links to the online application, visit the website.
The Edible Book Festival is scheduled in celebration of National Library Week (April 14-20), and is sponsored by Memorial Library. The roots of our event come from The International Edible Book Festival, the creation of Judith A. Hoffberg and Béatrice Coron. This first festival was held in 2000, and the “Books 2 Eat” website was created concurrently, so people around the world could enjoy the wide variety of food artists’ creations.
The 2013 theme for National Library Week is “Communities Matter,” so please join us for this community engaging event and support the promotion of creativity and reading through libraries. We hope that you will consider covering this unique celebration!
- Check out a great slideshow of the 2012 Edible Book Fest entries at Madison.com
- Learn more about ALA National Library Week celebrations.