Event: Edible Books Festival


Monday, Apr. 10, 2017. 12:00pm to 2:00pm


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About this Event

Help kick off National Library Week with us at the annual Edible Book Festival on Monday, April 10, 2017 in the Willis Library! This event will take place in the Forum, located on the first floor of the Willis Library. The festival is scheduled from 1:00–3:00pm:

1 pm // Entries arrive for visual judging, cookie decorating begins.
1:30 pm // Cut entries for taste judging.
2 pm // Votes must be in; winners will be announced when votes are tallied.
2–3 pm // Cookie decorating continues until end of event or when supplies run out.

Members of the Denton community and UNT faculty, staff members and students may enter their creations into the festival for free, and they are also invited to judge the entries and then eat them!

Entrants are called to create a representation of their favorite book using food. The entries will be judged on originality, creativity, skill, construction, visual appearance and adherence to the theme of their chosen book. All parts of an entry must be edible and no open flames are allowed. The official rules state that all edible books must be “’bookish’ through the integration of text, literary inspiration or, quite simply, the form.”

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Best Fiction, Best Non-Fiction, Best Children’s Book, Best Use of Chocolate, Best Non-Cake, Most Unusual Use of Food, and Best Tasting. The 7 category winners will each receive a certificate and a $10 credit at The Study coffee shop in Willis Library.

Since 2003, Willis Library has held an Edible Book Festival as part of the observance of the International Edible Book Festival, which is scheduled each year on or after April 1, the birthday of 18th-century French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. The Edible Book Festival is observed by many university and community libraries.

Those who want to create an edible book are encouraged to register in advance by contacting Mandy Rausch at the Willis Library at 940-565-2499 or at Mandy.Rausch@unt.edu. Same-day entries will also be accepted.

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