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Edible Book Festival 2019

On April 1st, 2019, everyone will be eating our books! Literally! And, no, it is not an April Fool’s Day joke! 

We happily invite you to the Library’s 13th Annual Unforgettable Mouthwatering Edible Book Festival 2019!


 What is it?

 This is an event that unites bibliophiles, book artists, and food lovers across the world. The Edible Book Festival is a yearly event that takes place on or around April 1st throughout the world. Participants create edible books that are exhibited and then consumed by festival attendants. They show off their culinary creativity by making a dish based on a book or a pun of a book title.

When and where?

April 1st, 2019 12:00-2:00 PM

Student Life Center
North Campus
3701 Dean Drive

Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Want to try your talent?

Register to participate (Register by Friday, March 22nd, 2019)


This year’s Edible Book Festival is dedicated to the memory of Gaylord R. Moore Gaines, who was one of the pioneer participants of the first Ivy Tech Edible Book Festival.  Gaylord spent more than 30 years at Ivy Tech, first as a student, and then as Administrative Services Manager.  Come to celebrate Gaylord’s legacy with us on April 1st, 2019!


“All you wanna do is have some fun?”

The festival is free and open to Ivy Tech students, employees, and the general public!

More information on the Edible Book Festival webpage.

What is on the menu:

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Viewing of Edible Books. Refreshments available.
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Eating of Edible Books.
12:50 pm Announcements and Acknowledgements. People’s Choice Awards.
1:45 pm Announcement of the Best Tasting Entry Award.
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Face painting and food bracelet making.


Edible Book Festival 2018

International Edible Books Festival registrations are open! Everyone is invited to participate in this, one of our most popular public events. Create an entry or come for the fun. The festival will take place on April 2nd from noon to 2 p.m. in the Student Life Center. Exhibits will be served once judging is concluded, so come early to see them all before they are munched! Find out more

Edible Book Festival 2016 Report

If you were on campus on Monday, April 4th, we hope you had enough time to stop by the Student Life Center and sample all of the wonderful culinary and literary creations at the 10th Annual Edible Book Festival. This event, hosted by the Ivy Tech Northeast Library, brings together students, staff, community members, and local businesses to showcase their edible interpretations of their favorite books. This year’s celebration featured 20 unique creations and brought in 200 attendees.

This year’s edible books covered a wide range of literary favorites, including The Lord of the Rings, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and The Great Gatsby. Children’s stories were also well represented with delicious renditions of Winnie the Pooh, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and The Lorax, as well as some lesser-known children’s tales such as Mean Soup, Creepy Carrots, and Hold the Anchovies! Some participants really flexed their creative muscles by adapting works that aren’t normally associated with food into delicious dishes, such as the Emancipation Proclamation, The Haunted Mesa by Louis L’Amour, and Online Gambling and Crime, an academic text about the controversies involving the online gambling industry. Leave it to a librarian to come up with that last one.

When it comes to edible books, the flavors are just as important as the stories, and this year did not disappoint. Attendees were treated to Edible Books comprised of pizza, barbecue ribs, burritos, soup, and popcorn on the savory side of things. As always, dessert creations were also plentiful, with cookies and cakes coming in flavors from vanilla and chocolate to caramel marble, peach ginger, and oatmeal-carrot.

This year’s Edible Book Festival also featured a performance from professional storyteller Lou Ann Homan whose wonderful narrative flair entertained both children and adults. There was also a craft station where children and their families could make food-based necklaces with a charm representing a well-loved book. Not to leave any sense neglected, the soundtrack to this year’s festivities was an eclectic mix of songs from films that were inspired by literary works.

The winning edible books were selected based on audience voting, and this year’s winners were an impressive bunch. The first place winner was Ivy Tech student, Claudia Hollinger, with an edible book based on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Second place was taken by community member, Cayla Veach, with her creation based on Just You and Me by Sam McBratney. Taking third place was Ivy Tech student, Adrienne Cottrell, with her entry based on The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. These three talented participants took the prizes this year, but each entry showed artistic skill and creative thinking. It’s never too early to start thinking about how you can take the top prize next year!

If you didn’t make it out to the 2016 event, be sure to check out the coverage on our local NPR station< WBOI, as well as the story that ran on local Fox affiliate WFFT. The Journal Gazette was also present to cover the event. As always, if you need a good book, or inspiration for your own delicious dishes, stop by the library and browse our collection today!
(By Library Clerk, David Winn)

Edible Book Festival 2016 – 10th Anniversary!

As March brings the fragrant flowers and singing birds of spring ever closer, here at the Ivy Tech Northeast Library we are gearing up for the delicious annual event that is The Edible Book Festival. This year’s festival marks the 10th time that we’ve held this event. We hope for it to be the most successful yet with crafts, prizes, a performance from storyteller Lou Ann Homan, and, of course, all of the fun, creative, and scrumptious dishes that the entrants have put together. For more details, information on how to enter, suggestions for books that may help with constructing a decorative dish, and to view photos of previous years’ Edible Books, click here.

We love that the flavors of Edible Book Festival bring everybody together, and sharing culinary works is a unique way to make books come to life, but let’s take a moment to focus on the other element that makes the Edible Book Festival possible—-the books! The dishes that participants create are a unique way to engage with literature. Another way to engage with your favorite literature, with the help of the Ivy Tech Northeast Library, is with the Bloom’s Literary Reference Online Database.

Based on the canon of famed literary critic Harold Bloom, Bloom’s Literary Reference Online is a collection of author biographies, synopses of works, and articles of literary criticism. There are also a host of pieces that trace themes across different works of literature. This is an invaluable tool for delving deeper into a piece of literature, whether for an assignment or your own personal interest. You may also have some luck with gathering ideas for an edible book. Allow me to demonstrate.

I’m a fan of the works of Edgar Alan Poe, but I’m not sure which one of his works would best translate into a food dish. Luckily, I can use the Bloom’s database to quickly browse synopses of his works. I simply search by author, and once I am on the page of articles related to Poe’s work, I start to browse the “Overviews and Synopses” tab for stories that sound like they may inspire an edible book. One that catches my eye is the story “Bon-Bon.” The story focuses on a French chef named Pierre Bon-Bon who is a lover of philosophy and wine, apparently too ardently on the second count. He is also renowned for his omelets. The story involves a conversation that he has with the devil himself, who, in Poe’s rendition of dark humor, relates that he has tasted the souls of many great men. Bon-Bon then tries to make a bargain with the devil by offering his own soul, and the devil refuses on the grounds that Bon-Bon has become unconscionably drunk over the course of their conversation.

This gave me a few ideas for edible interpretations of this story. The first that popped into my mind was deviled eggs. Chef Bon’s Bon’s deviled eggs would be a great way to combine that mention of Bon-Bon’s famous omelets with a devilish twist. I even found a recipe online that used a little curry powder and cumin to add some spice and a garnish for each egg with a slice of red grape, which you could use as a reference to the chef’s favorite drink. If I was feeling a little bit more daring, I could make chocolate bon-bons and then decorate them with the faces or names of the philosophers mentioned in the story, a way to reference the devil tasting the souls of the great thinkers. This is just an example, but hopefully it goes to show that there are creative ways to make a dish out of a story with just a little interpretation. You also don’t need to be a master in the kitchen to put together a fun display.

I encourage you all to give Bloom’s Literary Reference Online a look and to tuck it into the back of your mind if you ever need a resource for analyzing a story. It is just one of many places to look for inspiration in creating your own edible book, and we encourage everyone who is interested to fill out an entry form and join us to show off and share your creation. Even if you don’t feel like sharing your culinary skills, please join in the festivities at 12pm on April 4th. We hope to see you there!(By Library Clerk, David Winn)

Edible Book Festival 2015 Report

Monday March 30th marked the occasion of the Edible Book Festival 2015, the library’s ninth annual celebration of the good food we enjoy, and the great books we enjoy even more. With a turnout of over 300 attendees, the festival was roaring success, with plenty of activities to be enjoyed by all ages. Children that attended were encouraged to make art with food, using slices of potatoes, mushrooms, and other fruits and veggies to decorate a large mural that will be hung for display in the library.

Several Ivy Tech administration and staff members including Chancellor Jerrilee Mosier, Board Chair of the Regional Board of Trustees Dr. Robert Dettmer, Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, Cathy Maxwell, Dean of Liberal Arts and Science, Kim Barnett-Johnson, Instructor of General Studies, Anthony Conley, Assistant Professor/Assistant Chair: Liberal Arts and Sciences English Department, Therese Leone-Unger, Assistant Professor of Hospitality Administration, Jeff Albertson, and Vice Chair of the State Board of Trustees, Paula Hughes read excerpts from their favorite food-themed pieces of literature. Everyone got funky with the Ivy Tech House Band (Randy Kimball, Media Technician and Scott Wilson, Corporate College Executive) as they checked out the main event, dishes based on books such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Lorax, and even Fifty Shades of Grey. Attendees then voted on their favorite work of culinary and literary fusion.

Once everyone had a chance to view all of the entries, then came the most important moment of the festival—time to eat! Culinary student Jenna Hapner took first prize out of the 38 contestants with her Mad Hatter cake inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It’s never too late to start thinking about what you might be able to cook up for next year’s festival. If you need some ideas for good books or good food, why not stop by the library? (By Library Clerk, David Winn)

The Edible Book Festival is March 30th, 2015!

Cosmic Perspective by Gaylord Moore (EBF 2008)

What is the Ivy Tech Edible Book Festival?
This Edible Book Festival is hosted by the Ivy Tech Community College Northeast Library
It will be held on Monday March 30th 2015. The festival is free and open to Ivy Tech students, employees, and the general public! Festival will start at 12pm and end at 2pm.
This is an event that unites bibliophiles, book artists, and food lovers across the world.The Edible Book Festival is a yearly event that takes place on or around April 1st throughout the world.  Participants create edible books that are exhibited, documented then consumed by festival attendants. They show off their culinary creativity by making a dish based on a book or a pun of a book title. 
The first Edible Book Festival was created by Judith A. Ho berg and Beatrice Coron in 2000, and has since been celebrated by libraries, bookstores, and other book lovers in over a dozen countries.
The Ivy Tech Library encourages you to register to create an entry or to just come and enjoy the awesome edible art. Many of our entries are made by Ivy Tech Hospitality’s Advance Cake decorating class. We also have entries from local businesses and food artists. 
We will have refreshments, live music, crafts for kids and kids-at-heart, prizes, and literary entertainment.

Schedule of Events
11am : Set up time for Participants who made an “edible book” for the festival. 
12pm – 1pm : Viewing of Edible Books. Live Music from the Ivy Tech House Band. Refreshments available.
12:15 – 12:50 : Crafting for Kids and Kids-at-Heart.

  • Food Stamping handmade books.
  • Creating a giant mural.

12:50 : Announcements and Acknowledgements.
1pm –  2pm : Eating of Edible Books.
1:30 –  2pm : Literary readings and Storytelling for all ages by Ivy Tech Administration.

Festival Attendees Choose their favorite entry and register for prizes!
Near the Refreshments table, festival participants will be able to vote for their favorite edible book entry. They can also sign up for prizes provided by the Ivy Tech Library.
Voting and prize sign up will need to be completed by 12:45pm.

  • Prize Drawing will happen at 12:50pm.
  • People’s Choice Award will be announced at 2pm.

Where is the Ivy Tech Edible Book Festival?
It will be held on Ivy Tech’s North Campus in the Student Life Center Gymnasium. 

Student Life Center
North Campus
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835
Still have questions?
For General Inquiries and Registration Questions
Contact Ivy Tech Librarian
Sarah Ellsworth-Hoffman
260-482-9171 Ext: 4581
Main Library Number: 260-480-4172

Photoreport from our 8th Annual Edible Book Festival

Once again Ivy Tech Library made books come to life through amazing creativity and delicious foods. Our 8th Annual Edible Book Festival was an absolute success, entertaining spectators and participants alike. Some pictures made it to the Metro section cover page of the Journal Gazette! Colors, delicious foods, fantastic ideas, smiles and conversations were flowing in the hallways of the Student Life Center for more than three hours. 31 participants included Ivy Tech students and staff, as well as outside businesses and colleges. Have a look at the festivities in the slideshow below. Remember, Ivy Tech library is your on-campus home – for help and resources, a place to rest,  and even entertainment and occasional food is provided free of charge and with a lot of love and care! So next time you pass by the Library, come in and see for yourself. And we hope to see you next year for our Edible Book Festival! 


Edible Book Festival 2014 is coming!

Tell me About it!

The Edible Book Festival is an annual event that unites bibliophiles, book artists, and food lovers across the world.  Participants show off their culinary creativity by creating an edible book- a dish based on a book or a pun of a book title. These are put on display and then consumed by festival attendants. Ivy Tech Library’s festival is free and open to Ivy Tech students, employees, and the general public—so invite a friend! The first Edible Book Festival was created by Judith A. Hoffberg and Beatrice Coron in 2000, and  has since been celebrated by libraries, bookstores, and other book lovers in over a dozen countries.

When & Where Will It Be?

It will be held on Monday, April  7th, 2014  in the hallways of the Student Life Center, which is located on Ivy Tech’s North Campus in Fort Wayne  (3701 Dean Drive). Set up Entries: 11am – 12pm . View Entries: 12pm to 1pm. Taste Entries: 1pm to 2pm

How Can I Participate?

To display your own edible book in the Festival, complete a registration form by Thursday, March 13th, 2014.  Anyone can enter this event!  The more the yummier! All participants will receive a $10 gift card as a “Thank You”. Also any participating artist or business is welcome to display business cards with their entry.