Culinary creations inspired by books will be admired, judged and then eaten during the annual edible book contest to be held Thursday, April 16, at Hunter Library.
Any entry that relates to a book or book title and can be eaten is welcome in the competition. The dishes will be on display on the library’s main floor while the competition is underway.
WCU students, faculty and staff members and other visitors to the library on the day of the contest will cast ballots to choose the winners. Categories include best visual, most edibly appealing, most creative and people’s choice. The person whose entry gets the most votes overall will receive a $20 gift certificate to City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.
Entries in the competition should be brought to the library before 10 a.m. April 16. Voting will take place until shortly after 2 p.m., when the dishes will be served.
In past years, the edible books contest has drawn entries ranging from pies and cakes to vegetables dishes and fruit salads. Last year’s winner was a giant chocolate chip cookie resembling the monsters in “Where the Wild Things Are,” the children’s classic by Maurice Sendak.
The contest is one of several events planned at Hunter Library to commemorate National Library Week April 13-18. Library staff members have installed a display tree of favorite books near the library entrance and invite visitors to add a book-themed ornament of their own. The library also is hosting a food drive for Jackson County’s Community Table during April.