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Edible Book Festival

 Edible Book Festival

On February 19, the Whitefish Bay Public Library is having an Edible Book Festival. I know you’re thinking, “That sounds great but……”

What is an Edible Book Festival?

An edible book is an item that looks like a book, puns on a title, refers to a character, or just has something to do with books. The only rule is that entries must be made from edible ingredients.  Edible Book Festivals have been held all over the world, and there is array of examples found online. The festival started as a celebration to commemorate the birthday of French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), famous for his book Physiologie du goût, a witty meditation on food.  The Edible Book Festival is usually held around April 1, but Whitefish Bay Public Library is holding the festival to celebrate Library Lover’s Month in February.   

Who can participate in the Edible Book Festival?
The Edible Book Festival is open to anyone: the young, the old, and everyone in between. We have four different categories in which to enter:
Library Staff

How do I register?
Stop by the library to pick up a registration form, or download one from our website here. Fill out your information and get it back to the library by February 12.

What can I make as an entry for the festival?
Need some inspiration for an entry? Make your very own edible book depicting your favorite book character. You can also take a cherished title and turn it into a pun (think “Much Ado About Muffins”). Or just make an entry that looks like a book or book cover. Still in need of inspiration? Search the web for “edible book festival.” Stop by the library and we’ll point you in the right direction.

But I’m not creative, can I still participate?
Absolutely! On February 19 from 6-7:30pm, entries will be displayed for all to see. Stop by and you will have the opportunity to pick your favorites in each category. Winners will be announced at 8pm.  Did I mention that there will be cupcakes? (Cupcakes are provided so that no one is tempted to taste the entries). 

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