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Edible Book Festival

Celebrate the Book Arts!

Mason Libraries’ Edible Book Festival features creative food projects inspired by books and stories. Entrants compete in fun prize categories - visitors eat the results! Edible books can physically resemble books, or they can refer to an aspect of a story, or they can incorporate text. Judges select winners for an array of light-hearted prize categories. Enter today - anyone can participate!


2020 Festival Schedule

Monday, March 23         Edible Book Entry Deadline

Wednesday, April 1   |   Festival Day   |   1014 A+B Fenwick Library

  • 8 - 10 a.m.                   Drop-off Edible Books entries
  • 10 - 11 a.m.                 Judging (closed session)
  • 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.    Public viewing + voting 
  • 12:30 p.m.                   Award ceremony
  • 12:30 - 2 p.m.              Eat + enjoy the Edible Books!

Festival Rules + Judging Criteria

The Moons, Hannah CampbellThe Rules

  1. Your edible book must be “bookish” through the integration of text, literary inspiration or, quite simply, the form.
  2. You must only use food products to create your masterpiece, but the completed artwork does NOT need to be edible.
  3. Your entry can be no larger than  2’ x 2’ x 2’.
  4. Your entry must not need refrigeration or heating.

Judging: all entries will be judged with the same criteria in mind, including

  1. Creativity + originality
  2. Skill + construction
  3. Visual appeal

Fall Festival Winners | October 11, 2019

"Tails of Deliciousness"  |  Based on Stuart Little, Mouse + the Motorcycle, and Tales of Despereaux  |  Heidi Koolmees  |  People's Choice/Best in Show

war and peace

War and Peas  |  Theresa Calcagno  |  Punniest Entry

Little Fires Everywhere  |  Kim MacVaugh  |  Most Visually Appetizing

The Marshmallowship of the Ring  |  Alexandra Ball  |  Best Representation of a Book

"A Magical Monstrosity"  |  Based on Harry Potter books  |  Coleen Thomas  |  Most Creative/Artistic

Spring Festival Winners | April 1, 2019

"Data Visualization"  |  R for Data Science  |  Wendy Mann  |  People's Choice/Best in Show

"Pie of Sauron"  |  The Lord of the Rings  |  Amanda Brent + Liz Beckmann  |  Punniest Entry

The Great Gats-feast  |  Meaghan Halligan  |  Best Representation of a Book

Cheese Your Own Adventure  |  Kim Edwards  |  Most Visually Appetizing

Oliver Twist  |  Jamie Coniglio  |  Most Creative/Artistic

"Oh No, Not Again"  |  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy  |  Carroll Barbour  |  Best Display of Technical Skill/Execution