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An invitation to join an International Edible Book Festival

Posted on | February 20, 2012 | 33 Comments

Roll up! Roll up!

Wherever you are in the world, you are cordially invited to join us in celebrating all things bookish and delicious by taking part in the inaugural Playing By The Book International Edible Book Festival!

Edible book festivals have been taking place around the world since 1999, but as there are none near me I have decided to host an online festival for all of us who can’t get to a local edible book festival.

I am honoured and utterly delighted to announce that none other than Emma Chichester Clark, one of Britain’s most distinguished illustrators, is this year’s Festival Patron! I invited Emma to be the festival’s patron after reading her wonderful new book, Lulu and the Best Cake Ever (which I reviewed recently). If you love great children’s books and cake in equal measure, this book will be right up your street!

The Edible Book I made having read Lulu and the Best Cake Ever

Entry information

To enter the festival you should create an edible book, take two photos of it and email them to me, zoe.toft@kuvik.net by Friday March 16 2012 (please feel free to email me your pictures any time before then – it would be helpful if you didn’t leave it until March the 16th if possible).

NB One of your photos should include something that “time dates” the photo eg a newspaper, your computer monitor with this page in the background etc. This is to ensure that no-one submits photos of cakes they have simply found on the web. Your second photo should be the best photo you can take of your cake. I will use this photo in an online gallery of all submitted cakes.

In your submission email please include the title/author/illustrator of the book on which your edible book is based, and a sentence or two about what in particular inspired your edible book.

Children can enter, families can enter, bakers can enter. Even authors and illustrators can enter (maybe you’ll create an edible version of one of your printed books ;-) ). Do you run a children’s bookshop? Or library? Your customers (and you!) could enter… Are you a teacher? Maybe your pupils would like to enter?

Entries are welcome from all over the world, based on children’s books in any language. The only people who aren’t eligible to enter this competition are Mélanie (one of the competition judges – see below) and myself.

Each family may enter up to two edible books to the festival.

What is an edible book?

Your creation can be anything as long as it is (theoretically) edible and is somehow children’s literature related.

For example, it could (1) look like a book, (2) be inspired by the content of a book, (3) look like a book character or be based on a book’s text – really, anything goes as long as there is a children’s book connection. Your edible book can be sweet or savoury, and whilst we won’t be judging based on taste, your edible book must be made out of edible ingredients. You might find inspiration on my Pinterest Edible Books board.

What we’re looking for is creativity and fun. We won’t be awarding prizes on the basis of who can ice a cake the most neatly!

Process

I will create an anonymous online gallery of all entries. The gallery will be open for public viewing (ie by you, your friends, book-and-cake lovers around the world) from Monday 19 March until late night viewing ends on Friday 23 March.

The marvellous Mélanie, who blogs at Library Mice, will view the online gallery and shortlist 10 cakes. Emma Chichester Clark will then select the 3 winners from this shortlist. As Mélanie and Emma will not know who submitted which cake, their decision will be impartial and final.

Shortlisted cakes will only be announced after the winning three have been announced.

Winners will be announced on Monday 26 March 2012, when I will also host a link-up for all bloggers who took part and who wish to write a post about their entry to the festival. If you do wish to write a blog post about your Edible Book, please do not make it public before March 26 (in the interest of impartial judging I’d like there to be no way for the judges to know who created which Edible Book, until all judging has taken place).

Awards

1st prize – An original drawing of Lulu and her best friend Alfie by Emma Chichester Clark PLUS a signed copy of Lulu and the Best Cake Ever PLUS 5 other picture book titles from Harper Collins, to be selected from the list below.

2nd Prize – A signed copy of Lulu and the Best Cake Ever PLUS 5 other picture book titles from Harper Collins, to be selected from the list below.

3rd Prize – A signed copy of Lulu and the Best Cake Ever.

1st and 2nd prize winners can choose 5 books from this list:

  • The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man by Michael Chabon
  • The Lorax by Dr Seuss
  • Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School by David Mackintosh
  • Meerkat Madness by Ian Whybrow
  • Casper Candlewacks in Death by Pigeon by Ivan Brett
  • Department 19 by Will Hill
  • Hello Kitty Super Sparkly Sticker Book
  • Love Monster by Rachel Bright
  • My Henry by Judith Kerr
  • Penguin Pandemonium by Jeanne Willis
  • The Peppers by Sian Pattenden
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth

  • Spreading the word

    You can repost the poster image above for a quick blog post about the International Edible Book Festival – simply right click to save it on to your computer, and then upload it like any other image to your blog. The web poster is 450px wide.

    If you work in a library or a school and would like to encourage readers, staff, or students to enter, you can download an A4 poster advertising the International Edible Book Festival. Click here for the pdf file.

    You can use this button (above) in your blog’s side bar. If downloading / uploading the image is too complicated, you should be able to get it to appear in your blog by copying and pasting this text wherever you wish the button to appear:


    <a href="http://www.playingbythebook.net/edible-book-festival-2012/"><img src="http://www.playingbythebook.net/wp-content/uploads//final_ediblebookfestival_button.png" /></a>

    Most importantly…

    Anyone, anywhere may enter the festival (apart from Mélanie and me). You do not need to be a blogger, and you certainly do not need to be a pastry chef or a master baker. You can enter as an adult or a child or as a family – the most important thing is just to give it a go! This festival is about having fun, being creative, and just maybe having something nice to eat at the end of it all.

    Any questions? Get in touch via the comments on this post. I look forward to lots of you joining in!

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    33 Responses to “An invitation to join an International Edible Book Festival”

    1. Myra from GatheringBooks
      February 20th, 2012 @ 6:59 am

      Oh dear, this is going to be a challenge since I do not have any culinary skills to speak of. Among the three of us in GatheringBooks (Fats, Iphigene and myself), it is really Iphigene who does most of the cooking. I do bake – but mostly cookies, haven’t tried my hand on cakes yet. I shall help you spread the word though through our FB page and Twitter. Will encourage Iphigene to join. And who knows, I just might surprise myself and bake a cake (heaven help my husband and daughter). :)
      Myra from GatheringBooks recently posted..AWB 2012 Database

    2. Zoe
      February 20th, 2012 @ 7:07 am

      Hi Myra, challenges are good, right ;-) And it doesn’t have to be a cake – just a dish of food. So it could be cookies….

    3. Alice
      February 20th, 2012 @ 8:04 am

      Does everything on it have to be edible or can we use non-edible bits and pieces like in your lovely Lulu cupcake cake? We are thinking about what we can make!!!

    4. Polly
      February 20th, 2012 @ 8:08 am

      Oh we’re EXCITED!.. I’ve been watching your Pinterest board develop and wondering where that might be leading us. Now…what to make?
      Polly recently posted..Mixed up Fairy Tales

    5. Zoe
      February 20th, 2012 @ 8:15 am

      Good question Alice. I think we should strive to make the cake as nearly 100% edible as possible, otherwise it will get too easy to make the “fun” bits out of plastic toys… but I think a little use of non edible items is ok. Does that help?
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    6. Zoe
      February 20th, 2012 @ 8:16 am

      Hi Polly, oh do join in! Yes, the plan has been brewing for quite some time. I’m so excited now that I can finally share it with everyone :-)
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    7. Elli
      February 20th, 2012 @ 9:35 am

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    8. Elli
      February 20th, 2012 @ 9:38 am

      Odd – the comment I just posted disappeared. Maybe someone ate it…
      But what I tried to say was that I was looking for a thinking cap, and hoping there was one with my name on it in a Lost Property office somewhere.
      Elli recently posted..The Magic Word

    9. Zoe
      February 20th, 2012 @ 9:52 am

      Hi Elli, don’t know what happened there! Here are some images that might get the imaginative juices flowing: http://pinterest.com/playbythebook/edible-books/
      Zoe recently posted..An invitation to join an International Edible Book Festival

    10. jama
      February 20th, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

      I love this idea, Zoe! I’m really swamped for the next few weeks and don’t think I could come up with something worthy by the deadline, but I’ll be happy to help spread the word. Can’t wait to see the photo gallery of entries! :)
      jama recently posted..noshing with the presidents, or, who doesn’t like beets?

    11. Zoe
      February 20th, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

      Oh Jama! That would be such a shame if you couldn’t take part – I’ve been thinking of you since the day the idea for the festival entered my head! But quite understand about being busy…. thanks for the offer of spreading the word. That’d be great.
      Zoe recently posted..An invitation to join an International Edible Book Festival

    12. Shelley
      February 20th, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

      I was skeptical until I saw the treat you made–now I can see how something like this could attract kids to the wonder of books.

    13. Laura@howtocookgoodfood
      February 20th, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

      I would love to enter this as a family entry with my 3 children who love to bake. So, it will be very interesting to see the end results. It will involve huge amounts of colour and decorations no doubt :0)
      Great idea, thanks!

    14. choxbox
      February 20th, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

      A phenomenally delicious idea! Hmm. Will think and think. Am also telling my friend Monika (Sinamon) who creates the most amazing baked yummies.

    15. Actually Mummy...
      February 20th, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

      I am so doing this – thanks for the tweet. Have forwarded the details on to school too :)

    16. vanessa@silly eagle books
      February 21st, 2012 @ 2:23 am

      What fun! I am no baker, but I love the idea of coming up with an idea with my girls. :) I’ll share this tomorrow on my blog. Thanks for always coming up with fun ideas for us, Zoe!
      vanessa@silly eagle books recently posted..My Memories digital scrapbooking software review and giveaway

    17. Zoe
      February 21st, 2012 @ 6:19 am

      Choxbox, I do hope you’ll give this a go! Winning cakes will show lots of fun went on (rather than the person having beeing to cookery school!)

      Actually Mummy, hope school get interested too – if they have any questions I’m more than happy to answer them.

      Hi Vanessa, yes, the idea most definitely is to have some fun time in the kitchen with the kids. Thanks for offering to spread the word – that’d be great.

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    19. Whitney
      February 22nd, 2012 @ 12:11 am

      Oooh my, the thought of this really intrigues me– though usually when I attempt to bake in a grand way– things go very poorly– but it’s always worth another try right? We’ll see if we can come up with something.
      Found you thanks to silly eagle– it’s always nice to meet new book folks!

    20. Kat
      February 22nd, 2012 @ 1:40 am

      I’m so excited! I’ll put on my thinking cap and my favorite apron and see what I can come up with. :)
      Kat recently posted..Bake Sale Cupcakes

    21. Danielle (The1stdaughter)
      February 22nd, 2012 @ 4:40 am

      Love this idea! I’m pondering which book to feature, but I definitely want to participate. Great idea! :)
      Danielle (The1stdaughter) recently posted..The Year of the Picture Book – If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff

    22. Zoe
      February 22nd, 2012 @ 7:04 am

      Great to hear you’ve got your thinking cap on already Danielle! I’m sure you’ll come up with something great :-)

    23. Zoe
      February 22nd, 2012 @ 7:05 am

      Fabulous Kat! So glad to have you on board!

    24. Zoe
      February 22nd, 2012 @ 7:06 am

      Whitney, the aim of the game is definitely fun, and being playful with books, so it’s got to be worth a go I think! Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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    28. Eric Van Raepenbusch
      February 29th, 2012 @ 1:57 am

      Zoe – What a great idea! I don’t know if we will have time to participate but I can’t wait to see all cakes!
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    32. Maeve
      March 2nd, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

      Love it! Now, how to bake a book?!
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    33. Katey
      March 21st, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

      So want to now who wins!!!Go 34

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