Edible Book Fest: Registration now open

People’s choice, ‘punny,’ best visual categories for well read and fed baking contest

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COURTESY OF NELLA LETIZIA

“Every year I am amazed at the creativity behind [the entries],” WSU librarian Erica England said.

KHADIJAH BUTLER, Evergreen reporter

The registration for WSU’s Edible Book Festival is now open. 

Erica England, WSU librarian and event organizer, said this will be her fourth year organizing the event. This will be WSU’s fifth year celebrating the international festival which was created in remembrance of Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin’s birthday. 

Registration is open to the entire Pullman community, including mothers who will be here for Mom’s Weekend, she said. The event has not been advertised yet, but there have already been seven entries. 

The process for registering is easy, England said. Registration requires information such as the participant’s name and the title of their piece, England said. The only restriction is that the entry must be edible and related to a book. 

The public is allowed to eat the entries after the judging is done, she said. The entries must be store-bought or be made of baked goods that do not require refrigeration, she said.

England said the three judging categories are people’s choice, “punny” and best visual. The voting for people’s choice is open to the public while the other two are voted by a group of judges.

The judges this year include ASWSU President Quinton Berkompas and Sarah English, WSU donor and librarian at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories as well as Carolyn Ross, WSU food science professor. 

“Every year I am amazed at the creativity behind [the entries],” England said. “The thought that has gone into it — how clever people are.”

The prizes for each category are created by Amy Grey, the library’s graphic designer, she said. 

England said more and more people participate every year. Last year the festival had over 20 entries. When the festival first began, the participants consisted mainly of other librarians, she said. Now, there are less librarians and more community members and families. 

“It’s really a great event, I love seeing the moms with their kids,” England said. 

The organization of the festival is primarily comprised of making sure the event runs smoothly, England said. She said she is in charge of selecting the judges and contacting them as well as finding drop off times for each participant’s entry.

Registration is open until March 27. The event will take place at 2:30 p.m. on April 3 in the Terrell Library atrium.