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Edible Book Festival: Books Are Delicious!

The 3rd Annual Edible Books Festival


Monday, April 1, 2020
Community Room, Central Library
Register by noon on March 30th [entry form]

What is the Edible Book Festival?

Join us for the 3nd Annual Edible Books Festival where the worlds of books and food collide in creative and delicious ways. Create an edible work of art inspired by your favorite book or author. Let your imagination run free! Have fun with puns, or create something in the shape of a book. Draw inspiration from the Vanderbilt Libraries' prior Edible Books Festival entries and the International Edible Books Festival.

Entries may be made from anything that is edible (cake, bread, crackers, gelatin, fruit, vegetables, candy, etc.) as long as it can be displayed for a few hours without melting or spoiling.

Participation is open to all members of the Vanderbilt community.

Schedule for the 2020 Edible Book Festival

9 am-10 am:  Participants drop off their entries in the Community Room
10 am-12:00 pm:  Judging and Photography
12:00 pm:  Public viewing begins
12:30 pm:  Welcome and judges' commentary
1:00 pm:   Eat the books!


2020 Festival Award Categories

• People's Choice       • Best Team Entry  
• Judges' Choice   • Best Depiction of a Classic
• Most Creative   • Best Depiction of a Children's Book
• Most Appetizing   • Best Nashville or Southern Theme
• Funniest/Punniest    


2020 Edible Book Festival Judges

Joelle Herr, Owner, The Bookshop East Nashville
Jamie Pope, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Effie Sahihi, Attorney, Blogger, and contestant on The American Baking Competition

2019 Festival Winners

Most Creative
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone;
Taylor Hopkins & Maya Taylor

Best Depiction of a Classic
Blue Roses Cake;
Lorraine Burnett & Jennifer Bennett

Best Depiction of a Children's Book
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom;
Rachel Walden

Best Nashville or Southern Theme
The Banjo According to John;
Wilson Music Library Staff

Best Team Entry
Frosting the Isle;
Vanderbilt University Press

Silence of the Yams;
Dee Stephens

Most Appetizing
A Gilded Age Tea Party;
Nancy Dwyer

Judges' Choice
A Violet Blueberry;
USN Students

People's Choice
The Handmaid's Tale;
Grace Foy

The Handmaid's Tail

People's Choice - The Handmaid's Tail

The Sorting Hat

Most Creative Winner - The Sorting Hat

Silence of the Yams

Punniest Winner - Silence of the Yams

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Best Children's - Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

A Gilded Tea Party

Most Appetizing - A Gilded Tea Party

Frosting the Aisle

Best Team - Frosting the Aisle


Best Southern/Nashville Theme - Banjo

A Violet Blueberry

Judges Choice - A Violet Blueberry

Blue Rose's Cake

Best Classic - Blue Rose's Cake