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Edible Book Festival 2013 report

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The 6th annual Edible Book Festival at UW-Madison Libraries was on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. It was pretty awesome. There were a dozen fantastic entries this year, some from new entrants and some seasoned hands from last year. As judges with Orange Schroeder and Leigh Henderson, we faced a challenge picking the favorites in each of five categories, but still had a blast figuring it out.

Anyone can enter the event, but most of the book-based edible art was made by librarians and artists. So start up those sugarplum dreams for the 7th annual!

Here are a few snapshots (more on flickr - taken on an iPod, which hardly did them justice). Stephanie Unertl's "We are on a cake!" was the Funniest/Punniest for its title switcheroo, and a masterfully precise cake creation.

We are on a cake!

Memorial Reference Department's One Book, Two Book, Red Book, Blue Book took Best Literary Mash-Up incorporating two or more titles. We loved the Fig Newton volumes.

One Book, Two Book, Red Book, Blue Book

MERIT Library made a fondant bus and drove away as the Best Entry Based on a Children's/Teen's Book.

A Bus Called Heaven

Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute took Best Visual Presentation with a fantastic vegetable spread portraying Green Truck Garden Giveaway (just a tiny detail shown here).

The Green Truck Garden Giveaway (detail)

Jacobsen Primate Library had the Most Creative Use of Ingredients (taro root, nori, Triscuits, jello, spinach, and gumdrops!) in its diorama of Ham the Astrochimp.

Ham the Astrochimp (detail)Ham the Astrochimp

Falling for Rapunzel (detail)Falling for Rapunzel by Sarah and Maria Dietrich showed a pretty awesome use of rice cakes to create a magic tower, complete with damsel. The (cookie) ground beneath the window was strewn with fondant garments and other items in keeping with the kids' book's plot. And still there were more great entries!

Fahrenheit 451Pride and Prejudice and Zombies & Sense and Sensibility and Sea MonstersBuried in a BogSnow White ApplesTo Infinity and Beyond: Discovering a Cosmos of Knowledge at a Special Library Near You!Abraham Lincoln

Make sure to check it out next year, if you missed it!

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