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Enter an Edible Book Contest March 1

Winners will receive glory and prizes!

Taking place on Saturday, March 1 at both the Cherrydale Branch Library and the Shirlington Branch Library.

2013 edible book contest

What is an edible book?

  • It’s any representation of a book title that is made primarily from edible materials.
  • It can look like a book, refer to a character, be a pun on a title etc.
  • It can be as fancy as a decorated cake or as simple as a bowl of grapes (The grapes of wrath?)
  • Check out some of last year’s entries.

How does the contest work?

  • Deliver your entry to either the Cherrydale or Shirlington between 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 1.
  • Participants, attendees and guest judges vote from 12:00 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Awards will be given out at 3 p.m.
  • Light refreshments will be served!

Competition categories include

  • Best in Show
  • Best Entry by an Individual (Children under 12, Teens 13-18, Adults)
  • Best Entry by a Family
  • Best Entry by a Group
  • Viewer’s Choice


This year’s professional judges for Shirlington are Delian Dipietro from The Curious Grape and Allan Javery of the new Copperwood Tavern, and Cierra Dorsey, the manager of Ah Love Oil and Vinegar.

This year’s judges for Cherrydale are Arin Greenwood, author of “Save the Enemy,” Diana Peterfreund, author of the Killer Unicorn series and “For Darkness Shows the Stars,” and Library Director Diane Kresh.


Comments (2)

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  1. Mommy says:

    Thanks for adding the Shirlington location! It was a fun visit to the library today, and so neat to see everyone’s creativity and love for books!

  2. Oh, the Places You'll Go says:

    Thank you so much for holding the edible book competition. I enjoyed participating. I made a book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go, for Dr. Seuss’ birthday celebration that my Kindergarten students loved eating today on their return to school. I also was inspired by the clever creations of others, and look forward to doing it again next year. I’m sorry I was not able to hang out before the award ceremony, but I had an appointment in DC that I could not cancel.

    I would be very happy to advertise it at my school next year. I love the Shirlington library! You are doing a great job!

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