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Edible Book Festival at DU: 2019

Edible Books Festival: let them eat books

Thanks for joining the DU Libraries for our first annual Edible Book Festival!

Congratulations to our 2019 winners!

  • 1st place: Does It Spark Joy? by Denisse Solis
  • 2nd place: Game of Scones, by Meg Eastwood
  • 3rd place: Fahrenheit 451, by Erin Elzi

The 2019 DU Edible Book Festival took place from 2-3pm on Monday April 8th, 2019, in AAC 290. All attendees got to vote for their favorite entries. Potential judging criteria included wittiest pun, best representation of the book, showstopper, etc.

The event followed this basic format:

  • 2-2:15 pm: Admire the entries in all their witty glory.
  • 2:15-2:40 pm: Eat the entries!
  • 2:40-2:50 pm: Organizers will tally up the ballots.
  • 2:50 pm: Organizers will announce the winner, 1st runner up, and 2nd runner up.

What is the Edible Book Festival?

Edible Book Day falls on April 1st, but libraries around the world celebrate with events held anytime in March or April. The Edible Book Day's official website says:

"All edible books must be 'bookish' through the integration of text, literary inspiration or, quite simply, the form."


If you have questions about this year's book festival at DU, please contact Thanks!

Our 2019 Edible Book Festival Entries

An intricately braided loaf of bread arranged to look like a snowflake, with swirls of cinnamon, cocoa, and sugar.

The Art of the Snowflake, by Bridget Farrell

This cake inspired by Ray Bradbury's novel Fahrenheit 451 is covered in yellow, red, and orange flames shaped from fondant, with numeral-shaped candles spelling out 451.

Fahrenheit 451, by Erin Elzi

A crust-less New York style cheesecake, based on the children's book

The Emperor's New Crust

A graham cracker drawer full of very tidy candies, based on Mari Kondo's book about tidying.

Does It Spark Joy? By Denisse Solis

This tribute to George Orwell's Animal Farm includes a bed of grass adorned by peeps, jelly beans eggs, and chocolate pigs, lambs, and chickens. The pigs are several times larger than all the other animals.

All animals are equal, by Kate Crowe

This entry pays homage to Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises with glasses of virgin tequila sunrise.

The Sweet Also Sunrises, by Dan Andree

Scone Lannister (cherries, vanilla, & honey); Scone Targaryen (triple cinnamon with chocolate chunks); Scone Stark (parmesan and rosemary); and White Walker Scones (blueberry and white chocolate) compete for the throne in this tribute to Game of Thrones.

Game of Scones, by Meg Eastwood