By Renee Larr
The Carmel Clay Public Library will offer a unique event for those who love to see books come to life through food.
The Edible Books contest encourages readers to play with their food and create an edible book. Representations in the past have included cakes, pies and vegetables. They encourage participants to think outside the box. The cake box, that is.
“We’d love to see other things. Cakes are an easy way to do it. We’re not saying don’t do a cake, but if you can think of something else that would be great,” said Beth Jenneman, CCPL communications manager.
The library, 55 4th Ave SE, will host a public viewing and vote on the entries from 2 to 3 p.m. June 4. There is a people’s choice award along with awards for most artistic, best representation and most creative ingredient.
“We generally have three judges,” Jenneman said. “In the past we’ve used someone from the library, food critics and chefs. The winners will receive gift cards.”
The event is free to enter and open to anyone—not just Carmel residents. After the awards are given out, treats will be served. Participants must be prepared to take their entry home with them.
“We have eaten the entries in the past, but this year we’re not going to do so, just in case,” Jenneman said. “The thought occurred to us regarding food safety and someone getting sick, so what we’re going to get is a cake from a bakery and guests can have a piece.”
Entries may be no larger than 16 inches by 24 inches, be able to sit out for three hours without melting and relate to a book in some way.
There are typically 20 to 30 entries in the contest and around 75 to 100 attendees who come to the viewing/voting. For more information, visit carmel.lib.in.us.