Time to get creative for library’s Edible Books Festival contest

Posted: March 29, 2013

The Winchester Star

Winchester — Potential participants in Handley Regional Library’s Edible Books Festival have about a week left to get creative.

The deadline is approaching for the contest that asks people to re-create book titles using food items, director Trish Ridgeway said.

A free children’s event will showcase all the youth entries at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the children’s room on the second floor. The adult event will begin at 7 p.m. April 5. Tickets are $50.

While entries are not due until the day of the event, participants are asked to let the library know in advance if they are entering, Ridgeway said. Participants can pay the fee online with a credit card or by cash or check in person.

“We would love to know early if people are entering and certainly they can buy their tickets right away,” she said.

The entry fee is $5 for the children’s category and $25 for the adults, Ridgeway said. Entrants in the adult contest receive half-off entry to the adult event.

Participants may submit entries in four categories: children 5 to 10 and 11 to 16, and adult amateur and adult professional.

No cash prizes are awarded, but the winners will receive a medal. All participants receive a ribbon award and a book.

Entries for the children’s contest can be brought to the library from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday. When the party starts at 5 p.m., people can look at the different entries and eat light refreshments.

Adult submissions can be dropped at the library from noon to 5 p.m. April 5 in time for the party later that night.

The evening will include wine and appetizers upstairs while people look at the entries. They will receive a ticket to vote on their favorite entry, which goes toward the People’s Choice Award.

Halfway through the evening, everyone heads downstairs, for dessert, and a game of Edible Books charades, and a silent auction, featuring the professional entries, she said.

The event was inspired by the International Edible Book Festival, which takes place on or around April 1, Ridgeway said. Organizers of the local event try to schedule it close to April 1 but keep the adult event on a Friday night.

People interested in competing are asked to tap into their creativity and respond with literal interpretations, play on words, jokes and Ridgeway’s favorite, puns.

“Putting your thinking caps on and get punny,” Ridgeway said.

Rules and entry forms are available at the three Handley Regional locations — the Handley, Bowman and Clarke County libraries — and online at handleyregional.org.


For more information, contact 540-662-9041, ext. 28, or ediblebook@handleyregional.org or go to handleyregional.org.

— Contact Laura McFarland at lmcfarland@winchesterstar.com