Event: Edible Books Festival 2018

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Monday, Apr. 9, 2018. 1:00pm to 3:00pm


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About this Event

Help kick off National Library Week with us at the annual Edible Books Festival on Monday, April 9th in Willis Library! 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. Since 2003, Willis Library has held an Edible Books 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.

Sign Up Now! Edible Book Entry | Live Cake Decorating Contest

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.” This year we are expanding the entries to include all library collections including music, film, and video games.

There will be 4–5 slots for live demonstration entries this year along with cookie decorating that will be open to all attendees while supplies last. Cookies decorated will be eligible to submit for a prize in the Social Media category!

Event Schedule

1 pm | Standard entries arrive for visual judging, cookie decorating begins, live demonstration entries begin.

1:30 pm | Cut standard 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.

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories

  • Standard Entries
  • Best Fiction
  • Best Non-Fiction
  • Best Children’s Book
  • Best Use of Chocolate
  • Best Non-Cake
  • Most Unusual Use of Food
  • Best Tasting
  • Best Live Demo
  • Best Social Media Entry

The 9 category winners will each receive a certificate and library swag.

How to Participate

Standard Entry

Standard entries are prepared in advance of the event and put on display when the event begins at 1 pm. They will remain on display for about half an hour for visual judging before cutting or parceling out to visitors to judge the taste. It is not required that standard entries feed all attendees, but we recommend you bring a quantity that will allow at least 20 people to have a small taste as the event tends to have 100+ attendees. Standard Entries are eligible to win in the seven standard entry prize categories listed above. Winners are determined by a tallied vote from event attendees. Entries that win in multiple categories will receive a win in their highest performing category and the other wins will be awarded to the runner-up.

Image of The Very Hungry Caterpillar made of cake balls.

Image of girl standing next to Hogwarts Castle made from cupcakes, graham crackers, and ice cream cones.

Image of the Reading Rainbow made of cupcakes and skittles.

Live Demos

Live demos consist of a team of 3–6 people preparing an entry over the course of the first hour of the event. Live demos must sign-up in advance as there are limited slots. Live demo teams may prepare portions of their entry in advance that require baking or cooking, but entries should be assembled and decorated in front of the attendees at the event. Live demo teams should be prepared to interact with, receive commentary from, and converse with event attendees while constructing their entry. Live demos will be eligible to win in the Best Live Demo category. There is no deadline to request a live demo slot, but those interested should contact us as soon as possible.

Image of team doing a live demo of "The Animal Farm."

Image of live demo team next to their final creation for "If You Give a Pig a Pancake."

Image of final live demo entry for Berenstain Bears "Too Much Junk Food," a cake covered in junk food.

Cookie Decorating

Plain sugar cookies and decorating supplies will be provided at the beginning of the event. All event attendees are welcome to decorate a cookie in the theme of a book or other library media item. Cookies may be submitted to win in the Best Social Media Entry category, but they must follow the social media entry rules that will be on display at decorating stations during the event. Social media entries will be chosen after the event and the winner will be contacted to pick up their prize.

Image of student at a cookie decorating station.

Image of student photographing their cookie for entry into the social media category.

Image of students decorating cookies, girl in forefront was last year's social media entry winner.

Questions? Contact Us!

Please email external.relations@unt.edu with any questions or media inquiries.

This event is part of the UNT Libraries’ celebration of National Library Week.