Joyner Library at East Carolina University hosted the third annual Edible Book Festival March 29.
Eleanor Cook, assistant dirctor for Discovery and Technology Services at the library, said the festival is held each year around the world. The event “celebrates books and culinary craftsmanship that draws upon the creativity of community members,” she said.
Participants decorate edible items that represent some aspect of a book and submitted items are included in a competition. Juried categories include most edible, least edible, wittiest and best in show for youth and adult.
This year’s judges at ECU were Greenville Banks, Jr and Cecilia Moore-Cobb from the Friends of Joyner Library Board of Directors.
In addition, a silent auction featured professional cakes donated by Aramark/ECU and Lowe’s foods. Proceeds form the auction and additional donations go toward the Joyner Library Preservation and Conservation fund, said Lisa Barricella, department head of Monographic Acquisitions & Preservation/Conservation.
“This fund helps to support the purchase of equipment and materials used in Joyner’s conservation labs where technicians conserve books, documents, manuscripts and photographs for long-term access,” Barricella said.
The 2014 Edible Book Festival winners were as follows:
Most Edible: “Horton Hears a Who!” by Dr. Seuss, submitted by Makayla Gilland (Youth entry)
Least Edible: “Fish! Tales” by Stephen Lundin et al., submited by Gloria Bradshaw
Wittiest: “Cold Mountain” (Dew) by Charles Frazier, submitted by Stephanie Hedgepeth
Best in Show/Youth: “Little House on the Prairie” by Laura Ingalls Wilder, submitted by Walker Bixby
Best in Show/Adult: “Swiss (Cheese) Family Robinson” by Johann David Wyss, submitted by Wesley Dills.
Winners each received a handcrafted notebook, winner’s ribbon and gift certificate. Photos of entries may be viewed at https://www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/techsrv/edibleabout.cfm
For additional information, contact Dawn Wainwright at 252.328.4090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Dawn Wainwright