Edible Book Festival – April 6, 2013

April 6, 2013
, 1-4pm
Alvar Library Garden, 913 Alvar Street, New Orleans

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Second Annual Edible Book Festival on April 6. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day to enjoy all the wonderful edible books that people brought to the Alvar Library, and listening to Luke Brechtelsbauer on harp just made the day that much finer.

This year’s festival again exceeded our expectations. New Orleans really knows how to bring it when it comes to culinary creations. The kids activity area was also booming with paper puppets and cookie decorating. Thank you to Whole Foods for donating all the cookies.

All attendees had the hard task of voting for their favorites in each category. This year the winners were awarded a crown fit for literary royalty.

The Bound for Greatness award, for best in show (youth 12 & under), went to Hunger Games by Kai.
The Novel Eats award, for most inspired use of literature or literary reference went to Steinbeck Library by Neal and Linzo.
The Cooked Book award, for best use or exploration of a book-like structure, was awarded to The Tape Player Ate My Book on Tape! by Libby, who wins in this category for the second year in a row!
Our Upper Crust Award, for best in show (adults), went to The Giving Tree by Aryanna

Special thanks again to the Alvar Branch of the New Orleans Public Library for hosting the event, Jess Pinkham for documenting the day, and all of our amazing volunteers whose efforts helped make the event such a success.

For more photos of the Second Annual Edible Book Fest, visit our Flickr page.

Admission is free with an entry of an Edible Book or a canned food item to donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans.

illustration by Christopher Deris

The Edible Book Festival is an annual event held in April at locations around the world. Participants create edible books that are exhibited, documented for the international edible book archive, judged for fabulous prizes, and then eaten by attendees. Get started planning your edible book creation today and join us at the Alvar branch of the New Orleans Public Library for an afternoon of literary, gustatory, and artistic fun.


1:00-2:00       Register edible book entries
1:00               Music by harpist Luke Brechtelsbauer
2:30-3:00       Community judging
3:00-4:00       Prizes announced and eating of entries

What is an edible book?  An edible book is something “bookish” made of 100% food materials. Your entry must be made entirely of edible elements, as all entries will be consumed during the festival. Entries could be bookish through the integration of text, literary inspiration, or just being in a book-like form. It could look like a book, be a pun on a book title, a reference to a character or scene from a book, or an artist’s book made entirely of edible materials. You can see photos from last year’s event on our Flickr page or visit www.books2eat.com for inspiration and photos of edible books from past festivals.

Who can participate? Everyone is welcome, kids and adults. You can participate by making an entry or by joining us in celebrating, judging, and devouring the tasty tomes.

Is there a fee to participate? The event is free if you bring an edible book entry. Otherwise there is a suggested donation of a canned food item to be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans.

What are the prize categories? This year’s prize categories are:
Novel Eats—for most inspired use of literature or literary reference
Cooked Book—for best use or exploration of book-like structure
Upper Crust—best in show, adult
Bound for Greatness—best in show, ages 12 and under

Who is judging? Everyone who participates will help choose the winners in different categories, including a special category for entries cooked up by kids 12 and under.

Are there prizes? Absolutely. Each year SIFT produces handmade awards to present to the winners of each category.

How do I register? Bring your edible book entry between 1:00 – 2:00pm. The first twenty people to register an entry will receive a commemorative, handmade book

Does the entire book need to be edible? Yes. After community judging, we partake of all the tasty tomes.

Can I volunteer? Yes! We need volunteers to help register entries, oversee the kids activity table, tally votes, and set-up and breakdown the event space. E-mail info@www.siftart.org.

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