Alvernia hosts Edible Book Festival

Curling up with a good book to read is perfect on a rainy day, but with the recent sunny weather, Alvernia students decided to eat them instead.  On Tuesday, March 15 Alvernia students, faculty, and staff gathered at the Franco Library to take part in the fourth annual Edible Book Festival.

The challenge was to create an edible interpretation of a book or character from a book.  Every type of book was fair game, be it a children’s classic, detective novel, biography, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or short story. Creators were able to use any type of food. Many of the book interpretations were cakes, but some of the simplest ideas had the best twist. This year’s contest had 15 entries.

“The Edible Book Festival is a very fun event that doesn’t have to be overly complicated, a lot of people put a lot of work into it,” said Curtis Datko, a librarian at Alvernia, “All contestants are to be commended for their hard work, whether they won or not.”

President and Mrs. Flynn accompanied two members of Alvernia’s food service team as judges for the festival. After the judging took place the edible books were eaten and prizes were awarded.

Overall Best in Show: Jessica Heller’s Band of Brothers
Best Visual: Sharon Neal’s Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Most Humorous: Curtis Datko’s Cannery Row
Most Appetizing: Aimee Gilmore’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Most Creative & Original: Heidi Ziemer’s The Stinky Cheese Man
Most Literary: Emily Rabadi’s Catch 22

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