If you like to have your cake and read it too, then Washington State University Libraries’ inaugural Edible Book Festival may be just your thing. The event takes place at 1:30 p.m. Friday.An edible book festival celebrates food and literature, gathering edible book-themed entries that often involve a play on words. Though the Edible Book Festival is new to WSU, such festivals have increased in popularity in recent years and are held at various locations around the world.
The contest has only two rules: the submission must be made of edible materials and it must relate in some way to books.
“It’s very open to interpretation,” said Holly Luetkenhaus, WSU Libraries instruction librarian and event coordinator.
Many people, she said, choose to represent a book title or character, but the rules are very broad.
“It’s an opportunity to play with your food and play with books,” said Luetkenhaus.
At least 14 entries are expected to be on display for the 1:30 p.m. viewing; winners will be announced at 2:30 p.m. and will be available for viewing until 3:30 p.m. Awards will be given for people’s choice, most appetizing, best visual presentation and punniest/funniest. Light refreshments will be served.
Event judges include Christopher Bruce, director of the WSU Museum of Art; Jamie Kohler, executive pastry chef for WSU Dining Services’ central production unit; Joanna Bailey, director of Pullman’s Neill Public Library; and Sarah Frame English, a WSU alum, donor and librarian with the Libraries of Stevens County.
If you go:
WHAT: Edible Book Festival
WHEN: 1:30 p.m. Friday; winner announced at 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Terrell Library atrium on the Washington State University campus in Pullman